The licensing of attorneys in Vermont is governed primarily by Administrative Order No. 41, which includes provisions for each licensing status available to attorneys, as well as for initial licensure, license renewal, pro hac vice licensure, and license relinquishment.

If you are not admitted to the Bar of the Vermont Supreme Court and would like to apply for admission, see the Admission to the Vermont Bar page.

Licensing for Newly Admitted Attorneys

If you are an attorney licensing for the first time, you must complete and submit the Attorney Licensing Statement:

Leave the space for your license number blank; you will be given a license number when your license is issued. If you hold client funds, you must open a pooled interest-bearing lawyer trust account (IOLTA) at an approved financial institution. If you are exempt from having to open an IOLTA, note that on the Attorney Licensing Statement.

The completed Attorney Licensing Statement should be saved and sent via electronic mail to JUD.AttyLicensing@vermont.gov or by mail to the address at the bottom of this page.

You must also submit the appropriate fee per the fee schedule approved by the State Court Administrator:

Payment must be made by check and either mailed or hand-delivered to the address above. Checks should be made payable to ATTORNEY LICENSING.

Finally, pursuant to Administrative Order No. 44, if you are choosing active or pro bono emeritus status, you must register one or more email addresses with eCabinet within 24 hours of receipt of your attorney license number. For more information on eCabinet, including how to register, visit the Electronic Filing page.

For information on continuing legal education requirements for newly admitted attorneys, as well as on general mandatory continuing legal education requirements, please visit the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education page. You can also visit the First-Year Requirements for Newly Admitted Attorneys section on the Admission to the Vermont Bar page, which includes information on the mentorship requirement for newly admitted attorneys admitted by examination or transferred UBE score.

First-Year Requirements for Newly Admitted Attorneys

Learn about about the first-year CLE and mentorship requirements for newly admitted attorneys.

Attorney License Renewal and Relinquishment

To renew your license to practice law, you must file an Attorney Licensing Statement (either online, by email or by mail) and pay the licensing fee by June 30 of your reporting year. The current fee schedule for attorney licensing can be found here:

If you do not file a licensing statement and pay the appropriate fee by July 1, your license will be subject to immediate suspension and you will be required to pay an additional reinstatement fee to be reinstated and relicensed.

All licensed attorneys, including those on Inactive status, must renew their license by July 1 of their reporting year or be subject to suspension of their license.

Licensing Groups and Reporting Years

Attorneys initially admitted to the Vermont Bar in even-numbered years are members of Group I. Attorneys initially admitted in odd-numbered years are members of Group II. Attorneys in Group I must complete the renewal process by July 1 in even-numbered years. Attorneys in Group II must complete the renewal process by July 1 in odd-numbered years.

A list of all attorneys in good standing, with group numbers, is available here:

When it is time to renew your license, you will receive a reminder email at the address you provided to the Court Administrator.  Forms are no longer mailed through the postal service.

How to Renew

You may renew your license and pay the required fee through the online licensing system, which is available from May 1 to July 1 of each reporting period.

If you do not renew and pay online, you can renew your license by completing and submitting the Attorney Licensing Statement:

The completed Attorney Licensing Statement should be saved and either mailed or hand-delivered, along with a check for the appropriate fee made payable to ATTORNEY LICENSING, to:

Office of Attorney Licensing
Costello Courthouse
32 Cherry Street, Suite 213
Burlington, VT 05401

Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

As part of the renewal process, you must certify that you are in compliance with the Rules for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. For more information on those Rules, please visit the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education page.

Retirement/Relinquishment

If you wish to retire from the practice of law or otherwise relinquish your license, please complete and submit the Notice of License Relinquishment:

Questions?

For further information on licensing, including changing your licensing status mid-cycle and having your license reinstated after suspension, please email the Office of Attorney Licensing at JUD.AttyLicensing@Vermont.gov.

Changes to Licensing Status (including Reinstatement from Administrative Suspension)

If you wish to change your licensing status in the middle of a reporting period, or reinstate your license from administrative suspension, please send an email requesting the change (with a requested effective date) to the Office of Attorney Licensing at JUD.AttyLicensing@vermont.gov.  Depending on your request, you may also be subject to an MCLE requirement and/or the payment of additional fees (see below), both of which must be completed prior to the requested effective date.

If you are seeking reinstatement, you must also submit a completed attorney licensing statement.

MCLE Requirement

If you are seeking to change to active status and have not been on active status for the last three years or more, you must do the following:

  1. Complete 20 hours of accredited continuing legal education (including at least 2 hours of legal ethics and no more than 10 hours of “self-study,” as defined by the Rules for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education) within the 2 years immediately preceding the date that you wish to become active.
  2. Submit a letter to the Office of Attorney Licensing certifying that you have completed this requirement and detailing how you have done so.

Fees

If you are seeking reinstatement from administrative suspension, you must pay the inactive fee for each of the prior reporting periods for which you failed to renew, plus a single late fee of $100.

If you are seeking a change to active status (whether from inactive status or administrative suspension), you must pay the active fee for the current reporting period, prorated based on the date of activation and minus any previously-paid inactive fee.

All fees must be paid by check, made payable to Attorney Licensing.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Office of Attorney Licensing.

Pro Hac Vice Licensure

If you are licensed and in good standing in at least one other state or the District of Columbia and are not currently suspended or disbarred in any state or the District of Columbia, you may obtain a pro hac vice license to appear in a Vermont court in a single case.  To do so, complete and submit the Pro Hac Vice Application:

Send the completed Pro Hac Vice Application, an original Certificate of Good Standing (dated within three months of the Pro Hac Vice Application), and a check for the $200 fee to:

Office of Attorney Licensing
Costello Courthouse
32 Cherry Street, Suite 213
Burlington, VT 05401

Make your check payable to ATTORNEY LICENSING. Allow two weeks for processing.

A pro hac vice licensing card will be mailed to the Vermont sponsoring attorney, unless you direct otherwise. You or your sponsoring attorney must file the card in the court in which the case is pending. In addition, the sponsoring member of the Vermont Bar must file a motion to allow the pro hac vice appearance. The court will notify you once your motion is granted. See V.R.C.P. 79.1(e), V.R.Cr.P. 44.2(b), V.R.F.P. 15(e), V.R.P.P. 79.1(d), and V.R.A.P. 45.1(e) on the Vermont Statutes Unannotated and Vermont Court Rules LexisNexis site.

If your case is appealed, you do not have to pay another pro hac vice fee to appear in the Supreme Court. However, the Vermont sponsoring attorney must file a motion in the Supreme Court to allow your pro hac vice appearance there. See V.R.A.P. 45.1(e) on the Vermont Statutes Unannotated and Vermont Court Rules LexisNexis site.

Pro Bono Emeritus Licensure

If you are admitted in Vermont or any other U.S. jurisdiction and wish to “semi-retire” from the practice of law, you can do so through Pro Bono Emeritus licensure.  This limited license allows you to practice law for or on behalf of persons of limited means under the auspices of a nonprofit organization, without fee or expectation of fee.  Licensing fees and mandatory continuing legal education requirements are reduced for Pro Bono Emeritus licensees.  Also, attorneys admitted in other states can obtain a Pro Bono Emeritus license without getting admitted to the Vermont bar.

For more information on the pro bono emeritus licensing rule, see Section 11 of Administrative Order No. 41.

To obtain pro bono emeritus status for the first time, you should fill out the Attorney Licensing Statement and the Pro Bono Emeritus Licensing Statement and forward both to the Office of Attorney Licensing, along with a check for $75 made payable to Attorney Licensing.


For more information on pro bono opportunities, visit the Vermont Bar Association’s page on pro bono opportunities and its list of pro bono programs, or call Mary Ashcroft, VBA Legal Access Coordinator, at (802) 223-2020.  You can also call Sam Abel-Palmer, Executive Director of Law Line Vermont, at (802) 383-2213.

Appearance by a Legal Intern

A person who is not yet licensed to practice law in Vermont may, under attorney supervision, appear as legal counsel in a Vermont court, if certain eligibility requirements are met.  Those requirements, along with the rules pertaining to the authorized activities of the legal intern and the responsibilities of the supervising attorney, are laid out in Part VI of the Rules of Admission.

Legal interns who meet the eligibility requirements and wish to appear on behalf of a Vermont state agency can fill out and submit the following to the requisite court:

Legal interns who meet the eligibility requirements and wish to appear on behalf of a client other than a Vermont state agency can fill out and submit the following to the requisite court:

Attorneys in Good Standing

A list of all attorneys in good standing is available here:

Certificates of Good Standing

A Certificate of Good Standing will certify that an attorney is not suspended or disbarred and is current on licensing fees and CLE credits. The Certificate will also include the attorney’s date of admission.

To request a Certificate of Good Standing, complete and submit a Certificate of Good Standing Request:

Send the completed request form and a check for the $3 fee (for each Certificate requested) to:

Office of Attorney Licensing
Costello Courthouse
32 Cherry Street, Suite 213
Burlington, VT 05401

Make your check payable to ATTORNEY LICENSING.  Allow two weeks for processing.

If you also need your disciplinary history, you must send a separate request to:

Deb Laferriere, Program Administrator
Professional Responsibility Program
Vermont Supreme Court
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-0703

There is no fee for a disciplinary history.

You can also obtain a licensing certificate suitable for framing by completing the Request for Certificate Suitable for Framing and submitting it, along with the $20 fee, to the Office of Attorney Licensing at the address given above: