Rule Vii. Application For License

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Application for license to practice law, except for good cause shown, must be filed within one year from the date of recommendation; otherwise the applicant must submit to an examination by the State Board of Law Examiners for further recommendation. 

A. LICENSE FEE. An annual license fee as set by the Court, from time to time, shall be imposed upon each attorney actively licensed to practice law in this State. The fee shall be paid annually to the Clerk of the Arkansas Supreme Court. The amount shall be payable January 1 of each year, and must be paid not later than March 1 of each year. Funds thus realized shall be used as ordered by the Supreme Court of the State of Arkansas. Attorneys licensed in this State who have transferred to voluntary inactive status pursuant to Section 25 A.(7) of the Procedures of the Arkansas Supreme Court Regulating Professional conduct of Attorneys at law, or itsメ successor provision, shall pay fifty percent (50%) of the fee required of actively licensed attorneys.

B. LICENSE DENIED. No person shall be admitted to practice law in this State who has been disbarred or suspended from the practice of law in any other state, unless good cause is shown.

C. SUSPENSION FOR FAILURE TO PAY FEE. Failure to pay the annual license fee provided in subsection A of this Section shall automatically suspend the delinquent lawyer from the practice of law in Arkansas. Notice of delinquencies shall be given by the Clerk to the delinquent attorney, to the Judges of the Circuit Courts of the circuit of the delinquent attorney's residence and to the Executive Secretary. A list of all delinquent attorneys shall be posted in the office of the Clerk. Delinquency in a given year dates from March 2 of the year in which the fees are due. Where the delinquency is for three years or less, reinstatement may be had by the payment of all such delinquent dues, and a penalty of $100.00. If delinquency is for more than three (3) years, application for reinstatement must be made on a form supplied by the Executive Secretary of the Board and accompanied by a tender of all unpaid dues and penalties as prescribed by the Clerk.

D. REINSTATEMENT. An application for reinstatement pursuant to C(2) of this Section for non-payment of dues for more than three (3) years shall be accompanied by the payment of an application fee of $100.00 which shall be payable to the Board. All applications for reinstatement will be referred to the Board in accord with Rule XIII of these rules for investigation and recommendation and the taking of a new examination may be required by the Board.

E.  PUBLIC RECORDS. It shall be the duty of the Clerk to maintain a public record of licensed attorneys in the state of Arkansas and a list of all attorneys no longer licensed and the reason therefore, e.g., deceased, suspended, disbarred, surrender of license, inactive, delinquency of fee, disabled or retired.

F. At the time of licensure, the new admittee shall provide a mailing address to the Clerk of this Court. The address on record with the Clerk shall constitute the address for service by mail. Attorneys shall be responsible for informing the Clerk in writing and within a reasonable time of any change of such address.

G. ATTORNEY OATH OF ADMISSION. The following oath shall be administered to and signed by members of the Arkansas Bar:

State of Arkansas )

In the Supreme Court )

To the Honorable, the Supreme Court of Arkansas:

Your petitioner prays to be licensed as an Attorney-at-Law.


I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Arkansas, and I will faithfully perform the duties of attorney at law.

I will maintain the respect and courtesy due to courts of justice, judicial officers, and those who assist them.

I will, to the best of my ability, abide by the Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct and any other standards of ethics proclaimed by the courts, and in doubtful cases I will attempt to abide by the spirit of those ethical rules and precepts of honor and fair play.

To opposing parties and their counsel, I pledge fairness, integrity, and civility, not only in court, but also in all written and oral communications.

I will not reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the impoverished, the defenseless, or the oppressed.

I will endeavor always to advance the cause of justice and to defend and to keep inviolate the rights of all persons whose trust is conferred upon me as an attorney at law.





Sworn to and subscribed before me this _____________ day of _____________________, 2_______.




History Text: 

(237 Ark. 977, January 1963; amended by Per Curiam May 18, 1992; amended by Per Curiam May 3, 1993; amended by Per Curiam June 17, 2004; amended by Per Curiam February 2, 2006; amended and effective by Per Curiam February 23, 2012.)

Associated Court Rules: 
Rules Governing Admission to the Bar