Attorney Admission

To practice in the Southern District of California an attorney must be a member in good standing of the California State Bar. See below for information on Requirements, Fees and Admissions.

Admission to the Bar of this Court

Admission to and continuing membership in the bar of this court is limited to attorneys of good moral character who are active members in good standing of the State Bar of California.

  • Admission and Registration
  • Government Attorney
  • Pro Hac Vice
  • Notice of Change of Address
Admission to the Bar of this Court. Admission to and continuing membership in the bar of this court is limited to attorneys of good moral character who are active members in good standing of the State Bar of California.

Procedure for Admission. The admission process is completed by submitting an electronic application for admission and paying the prescribed fee of $206. Counsel will receive an email during the application process containing a link to pay.gov (payment website). The Clerk's Office will independently confirm your standing with the California State Bar. There is no need to mail a certificate of good standing to this court.

Upon admission approval, a Certificate of Admission will be mailed to you within 4-5 weeks, and your admission to practice in the Southern District of California is permanent.

Current members and applicants can request information re admission dates/status via email (attorneyadmissions@casd.uscourts.gov).

To update or reset your CM/ECF password, please email (attorneyadmissions@casd.uscourts.gov).

Please see Attorney Admission FAQs for additional information.

Visit Admission & CM/ECF System to register.

Federal government attorneys are not required to pay the fee of $206 and are no longer required to fill out a Pro Hac Vice form. However, it is still required that government attorneys complete the CM/ECF registration process.

Visit Admission & CM/ECF System to register.

An attorney not eligible for admission under Civil Local Rule 83.3.c, but who is a member in good standing of, and eligible to practice before, the bar of any United States Court or of the highest court of any state or of any territory or insular possession of the United States, who is of good moral character, and who has been retained to appear in this court, may, upon written application and in the discretion of the court, be permitted to appear and participate in a particular case. Unless authorized by the Constitution of the United States or acts of Congress, an attorney is not eligible to practice pursuant to this local rule if any one or more of the following apply to the attorney: (1) resides in California, (2) is regularly employed in California, or (3) is regularly engaged in business, professional, or other activities in California.

In order to appear in a particular matter without being a member of the California State Bar, counsel must Register for CM/ECF and electronically file a Request to Appear Pro Hac Vice. The court charges a $206 fee for a Pro Hac Vice request, which counsel pays at the time the request is electronically filed.


To appear Pro Hac Vice in the Southern District Court of California:
Click here for Notice of Change of Address Form.