Unauthorized Practice of Law


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Unauthorized Practice of Law

1. The crime in which one poses as one qualified to give legal advice.

2. The act in which one acts as a lawyer (before a court, for example) without permission. Unauthorized practice of law in this sense may not be a crime, but does violate regulations or court rules.
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