Unauthorized Practice of Law

Unauthorized Practice of Law

Learn about what constitutes the unauthorized practice of law, both by non-lawyers engaging in the practice of law and lawyers practicing law in unauthorized forums.


In this clip, we will review Model Rule of Professional Conduct 5.5, which prohibits lawyers from engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. We will review the definition of “practicing law,” look at specific examples that constitute the unauthorized practice of law, and go over sanctions that individuals could face for practicing law without the proper license.

I. Practice of law defined

State definitions vary, but the general rule is that “practicing law” means applying the law to a...