I must have missed that part. But on a reread I did pick up the following:
musername wrote:Is it worth trying to get admitted in any of those states if I have no current day intentions to work in any of them?
My quick answer is, no, there's no point in getting admitted in a state that you have no intention to work in.
However, my second answer is yes, it is important to get admitted in at least one state, because of the following:
1) most states allow you to work in-house for a company even if you're not barred in that state, as long as you're barred in at least one state.
1a) some states allow time working in-house to count toward the experience needed for admission on motion (i.e. admitted because you've been practicing for X years).
1b) some states even allow you to work in-house for a law firm, as long as your work is sufficiently insulated from the public.
Note that this varies significantly from state to state
2) some federal jobs only require you to be barred in any state, not necessarily the state where you'll be working
3) federal practice doesn't require you to be barred in the particular state you're practicing in, as long as you're barred in at least one state
3a) the classic example is immigration law, which can be practiced in any state, so long as you're admitted somewhere. Tax court is another example
3b) However, every federal court has its own admissions standards, most of which require you to be admitted locally.
3c) care must be taken to ONLY address federal issues. Immigration lawyers who are not barred locally must stick to immigration only, and cannot advise on e.g. estate planning or family law issues that come up. Likewise, tax controversies usually aren't just limited to federal tax, but also state tax issues - and it's a lot harder to tell a client you'll only do part of the work.
4) military / military spouse. JAG doesn't care where you're admitted as long as you're barred somewhere. Military spouses can get admitted in most states on a temporary basis provided they're barred in at least one State.