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How to Apply for Admission

ATTENTION:  Please note that we will not accept any paper petitions for admission after November 30, 2017.  Starting on December 11, 2017, all petitions for admission will be processed electronically through PACER after we have converted to NextGen CMECF.  All paper petitions received on or after December 1st will be returned.

Becoming a Member of Our Bar

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the bar of the District of Connecticut. The fillable application forms may be found below. All submissions must be typed. The Petition and Affidavit must be accompanied by:

  • a current (within the past six months of the application) certificate of good standing from each state bar to which you have been admitted to practice;
  • two certificates from Sponsoring Attorneys completed by members of the bar of this court who know your professional legal abilities, skills, and character for at least six months;
  • a check in the amount of $225.00 made payable to: Clerk, U.S. District Court.

The application package must be mailed to:

Attorney Admissions Clerk
United States District Court
450 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

If your application, affidavit or certifications are not typed or are deficient, it may delay the approval of your application. Deficient applications will be returned for further information. After your application has been approved, you will receive a calendar for the attorney admission hearing at the courthouse closest to your location. You must appear in person at the appointed time and place. Please read the calendar closely for the date, seat of court, and courtroom for the admission hearing. It is not necessary to bring an attorney or your sponsors with you to move the court for your admission. Upon admission, you will receive your Connecticut federal bar number. Your CM/ECF password will be emailed to you after your admission hearing.

Attorney admission hearings are held each month (except August) as follows:

New Haven First Monday
Bridgeport First Friday
Hartford Second Monday


Attorney Admissions Clerk: Frances Velez
Phone: 860-240-3200

Please consult our website for valuable information about the Court.

Robin D. Tabora, Clerk

Revised November 30, 2016

Pro Hac Vice Admission

Admission of visiting attorneys (pro hac vice) is governed by Local Rule 83.1.

The fee is $75.00.

In civil and criminal cases, the sponsoring attorney may efile the motion and pay the fee online using

Once the motion has been granted, the visiting attorney will receive a login and password for efiling via email.

Certificate of Good Standing

To obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from our court, your request must be submitted in writting and sent to any one of our three seats of court with a check for the required fee made payable to "Clerk, U.S. District Court".  See fee and payment information HERE.