Practical Training of Law Students
The State Bar of California’s Practical Training of Law Students (PTLS) program certifies law students to provide legal services under declaration from the Dean of the Law School or the supervision of an attorney.
An applicant intending to file a PTLS application must first be registered as a law student with the State Bar of California’s Office of Admissions. Begin your registration if you are not already registered.
PTLS Program Requirements
To become eligible as a certified law student, you must complete First-Year of Law School (the requirements of § 6060(h) of the California Business and Professions Code do not have to be met to be eligible). First-Year of Law School includes the following courses:
- Law 100: Introduction to Law
- Law 101: Contracts
- Law 102: Torts
- Law 103: Criminal Law
In addition, you have to be enrolled in, or have completed the following courses:
Make sure you are registered as a law student with the State Bar of California’s Office of Admissions. Begin your registration if you are not already registered.
Your application for certification must include two items that must be uploaded upon submission of your application. Your online application must include the following uploaded documents:
All items must be submitted before an application can be considered complete.
You will receive a reply by email (sent in care of your supervising attorney) within one month of the date the State Bar receives a complete and accurate application. If the application is not completed accurately, it will delay your certification of participation in the program.
Visit the Admissions Applicant Portal to submit a Practical Training of Law Students Application.
Retain a copy of the rules governing the PTLS program.
For questions please contact the program at:
Practical Training of Law Students (PTLS)
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105