Rule 102


(a) General Rule. Subject to additional definitions contained in subsequent provisions of these rules which are applicable to specific provisions of these rules, the following words and phrases when used in these rules shall have, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the meanings given to them in this rule:

"Accredited law school."
A law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

"Administrative Office."
The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners.

"Certified legal intern."
A law student whose certification under Rule 321 (relating to requirements for formal participation in legal matters by law students) is currently in effect or who otherwise qualifies under such rule.

Includes prothonotary.

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

"Enforcement Rules."
The Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement.

When used in reference to an application for admission, including a supplemental application, the application is filed only when it is both submitted and the filing fee is received by the Board.

"Government Unit."
The Governor and the departments, boards, commissions, officers, authorities and other agencies of the Commonwealth, including the General Assembly and its officers and agencies and any court or other officer or agency of the unified judicial system, and any political subdivision or municipal or other local authority or any officer or agency of any such political subdivision or local authority. The term includes boards of arbitrators appointed pursuant to statute.

The Prothonotary of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

"Reciprocal state."
A state that has a reciprocal agreement or arrangement with this Commonwealth to allow admission on motion without examination based upon a specific number of years of practice.

When used in reference to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States.

"Verified statement."
A document filed under these rules containing statements of fact and a statement by the signatory that it is made subject to the penalties of 18 Pa.C.S. § 4904 (relating to unsworn falsification to authorities).
(b) Number; Tense.
In these rules the singular shall contain the plural, and the plural, the singular; and words used in the past or present tense shall include the future.

Adopted July 1, 1972. Amended June 6, 1977; Jan. 4, 2022, effective Jan. 12, 2022.