The California Supreme Court directed the State Bar "to implement, as soon as possible, a temporary supervised provisional licensure program—a limited license to practice specified areas of law under the supervision of a licensed attorney." The program will allow eligible 2020 law school graduates to practice law as provisionally licensed lawyers under the supervision of fully licensed lawyers who meet the requirements of the rule and who agree to assume professional responsibility over the work of the provisionally licensed lawyers.
Provisionally licensed lawyers will be able to engage in all of the same activities that a fully licensed lawyer is permitted to engage in, under their supervising lawyer's direct supervision and subject to certain restrictions. Both the provisionally licensed lawyer and their supervising lawyer are expected to abide by all applicable State Bar rules and guidelines and are bound by the disciplinary authority of the California Supreme Court and the State Bar.
The working group met in August and September and discussed among other things, eligibility, requirements, and practice areas. The working group adopted recommendations and submitted a proposed new Rule of Court XX for public comment. The revised draft rule of court will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval at its September 24 meeting.