Attorney Admissions

  • Application for Admission to Practice

  • Attorneys wishing to be permanently admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Tennessee must submit to the Clerk's Office:
    • Applications should be mailed to the divisional office where you plan on attending the ceremony.
    • If admitted in a state other than Tennessee, a certificate (not more than 30 days old) of good standing from the highest court of a state, territory or the District of Columbia
    • Application fee, which is currently $205. See E.D.TN. LR. 83.5(a).

    The applications are forwarded to a Standing Committee on Admissions. Each Committee is comprised of prominent local attorneys who rigorously review each application and make a recommendation to the District Judge on whether the attorney should be admitted or denied.

    Once the applications have been sent to the Standing Committee, a letter will be sent to the applicants notifying them of the progress of their applications and the date and time of the ceremony.

    A fall and spring ceremony is held each year in the Chattanooga, Greeneville and Knoxville divisions.

    Applicants who are unable to attend their scheduled ceremony will be deferred to the next ceremony. However, if an applicant misses multiple ceremonies, he or she may be required to submit another application and another $200 fee.

    On occasion, and with approval of the District Judge, a special admission for an individual attorney will be allowed.

    Admission Ceremony Schedule

    ChattanoogaThe next Attorney Admissions Ceremony in Chattanooga will be Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. The cut-off date for receipt of applications for this ceremony will be Thursday, March 29, 2018.
    GreenevilleThe next Attorney Admissions Ceremony in Greeneville will be Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. The cut-off date for receipt of applications for this ceremony will be Friday, February 16, 2018.