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Licensed legal consultants in New York State (transnational lawyers)

“A legal consultant license is available to a lawyer admitted in a foreign country who has practiced law in the foreign country for three of the past five years, who possesses the necessary moral character and general fitness, who is over 26 years old, and who intends to practice and maintain an office as a legal consultant in New York State.” (NYSBA Journal, Vol. 78, Jan. 2006 at 35.)

Such a legal professional could fill a special niche for a law department that wants to find a lawyer who knows both US law and practice and has experience in a foreign country’s laws. After all, “the legal consultant statute and rules [such as that a legal consultant may not practice in NY courts] are designed to facilitate transnational legal practice.”