No need to be a member of the NY bar anymore to get in-house counsel jobs!
The NY Court of Appeals (NY has the most confusing court names in America, their highest court is the Court of Appeals, while their trial courts are called “supreme courts” – go figure) has decided that in-house counsel can obtain a special registration with no need to take the NY state bar exam or waive in via reciprocity from another state. This is great news for NJ attorneys, as the NJ Supreme Court doesn’t give reciprocity to any other state, so now NJ attorneys can cross the Hudson for good in-house counsel jobs without the usual headache of having to take another bar exam.
Hopefully the waive of in-house counsel special licensing around the country (even NJ does this) will be the first of more steps to liberalize the legal services market and allow competent attorneys to compete across state lines.
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