High court allows military spouses to practice law in S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The state’s highest court says spouses of military members can practice law in South Carolina while serving here.

In an order issued Wednesday, the state Supreme Court said that spouses of members of the military can receive limited certificates of admission to the state’s bar for up to five years.

The court says the spouses must already be attorneys in good standing who are admitted to practice law in any other state, the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory.

According to the Military Spouse JD Network, 17 other states have already adopted such policies, and more than a dozen others are considering them. South Carolina’s policy goes into effect May 16.