NOTICE:

Exam takers will NOT be allowed to use Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for the February 2017 Oregon bar examination, as its software is not compatible with the software being used in administering the examination.

If an applicant has an Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and has already downloaded the exam software, they will need to identify a different laptop for use during the examination and contact the Admissions office for assistance in facilitating a download to the replacement laptop. Please call 503-620-0222 and speak with the Admissions Department for assistance.

The Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar will be identified in the instructions to exam takers as contraband. If an exam taker appears at the February exam with an Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, it will be confiscated and the exam taker will be required to handwrite the relevant portions of the exam. NO substitute laptops will be made available at the exam site.




There are several routes to admission with the Oregon State Bar, primarily through the bar exam and reciprocity with most other states. Information follows on all manners of admission.

Please Note:
Admissions does not handle certain transactions. Links follow to assist you with these processes:

  1. Address Changes – OSB members seeking to update their contact information may do so via email, or mailing a form to the bar, or logging in to the website.
  2. Pro Hac Vice admissionInformation is available here and forms are available here. Questions? Contact the Regulatory Services Coordinator, regsvcs@osbar.org, or 503-620-0222, ext. 343.


Oregon adopts the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) - Oregon has adopted the UBE. Examinees who take the UBE earn a portable score that can be used to apply for admission in other UBE jurisdictions. Oregon will administer the UBE starting with the July 2017 exam. Oregon will begin accepting transferred UBE scores on August 21, 2017, for scores earned in other UBE jurisdictions in the July 2017 or subsequent exam administrations.
Applicant Address Changes - Current admissions applicants wishing to update their contact information may do so via e-mail to the Admissions Department at admissions@osbar.org




2017 February Exam


  • Exam Dates: February 21-22, 2017

  • Deadlines: November 15 (timely filing) & December 15 (late filing with $350 late fee).
    Deadlines are date for postmark, not receipt in the office.

  • Location: Holiday Inn - Portland Airport

Applicants for February 2017 bar exam
The Board of Bar Examiners requests that members examine this list and bring to the board's attention in a signed letter any information that might influence the board in considering the moral character of any applicant for admission. Send correspondence to Admissions Director, Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners, 16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd., PO Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281-1935.

Bar Exam Applicants



2016 July Exam


Exam Results available here


All successful and eligible exam applicants will be sent a detailed packet of information including information on the admission ceremony, bar membership, bar number, the New Lawyer Mentoring Program and other relevant information. The admissions ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium on the Willamette University campus in Salem, Oregon. Successful applicants who can not attend the ceremony may be sworn-in separately, though not before Sept. 29. You may contact staff after Sept. 16 for details.

(Willamette Campus Map) (Oath of Office)

Please contact the office of the Board of Bar Examiners with any questions.






Some lawyers may be admitted without taking the bar examination. Each of these alternate routes has specific requirements which must be satisfied. Applicants are encouraged to review these rules carefully. Applicants for admission via an alternate route must still demonstrate good moral character pursuant to ORS 9.220.


All application forms for admission are available here.




Mandatory CLE Requirements for Reciprocity Admission

All applicants for Reciprocity Admission must take 15 credit hours of continuing legal education as approved by the Board.

Mandatory Subjects: At least two (2) credit hours must cover Legal Ethics (Oregon Code of Professional Responsibility) Four (4) credit hours must cover introductory Civil Procedure (Oregon State Court and United States District Court of Oregon local rules) At least three (3) hours must cover Oregon State Court civil procedure, emphasizing the unique aspects. Not more than one hour can be on United States District Court of Oregon local rules.

Elective Subjects: Nine (9) of the credit hours must be taken in one or more of the following subject fields emphasizing Oregon law, provided the credit hours have been accredited by the Oregon State Bar Minimum Continuing Legal Education Administrator. Oregon Administrative Law, Oregon Constitutional Law, Contracts, Corporations, Criminal Law and Procedure, Decendent's Estates, Oregon Domestic Relations, Employment Law, Evidence, Local Federal Court Practice and Procedure, Legal and Equitable Remedies, Oregon Legislation, Partnerships, Oregon Court Practice and Procedure, Real Property, Torts, Trusts, U.C.C. II - Sales, U.C.C. III - Negotiable Instruments/Commercial Paper, U.C.C. IX - Secured Transactions.



Applicants for Reciprocity Admission

The following have applied for admission under the reciprocity, house counsel or law teacher rules. The Board of Bar Examiners requests that members examine this list and bring to the board’s attention in a signed letter any information that might influence the board in considering the moral character of any applicant for admission. Send correspondence to Admissions Director, Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners, P.O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281-1935.

Reciprocity: Noel T. Barnes; Robert Raymond Calli; Jackie L. Caynon, III; Martin Chmielik; Gabriel P. Green-Mitchell; Frank S. Hong; Brandt D. Howell; Sarah E. Jelsema; Brenna Hall Kantrovitz; Joseph Reuven Katz; Anne-Marie Kelso; Jonathan Brian Loiterman; Evan William Marques; Mathew Duane Parke; Steven R. Penn; Willa B. Perlmutter; Fabienne Noelle Santacroce; Craig A. Sims; Thomas R. Trotter; Nina Ortega Whitehurst; and Natalie Taylor Wolfe.

House Counsel Applicants: Annette Sau Wai Leung Evans; Peter Crooks Harman; Gabriel W. Scott; Robert K. Temple; and George H. Williams, Jr.







Application Forms



General Forms



Laptop Exam Information



Oath Form




Reciprocity Forms



Testing Accomodations




Staff Contacts

Vickie Hansen
Admissions Coordinator

vhansen@osbar.org, (503) 620-0222 ext. 419

Tanya Tkach
Admissions Specialist

ttkach@osbar.org, (503) 620-0222 ext. 364



Board of Bar Examiners

Howes, Jeffrey Alan    Chairperson
Robbins, Nicole L    Vice Chair
Casper, Michael A    Member
Eames, Stephanie     Member
Franco Lucero, Angela M    Member
Isaak, Misha     Member
Perini-Abbott, Joanna T    Member
Hon Ryan, Thomas M    Member
Skinner, Cassandra C    Member
Hon Skye, Kelly     Member
Tuttle, Stephanie J    Member
Wong, Caroline M    Member
Green, Randall     Public Member
Kolbell, Richard     Public Member
Levelle, Michael D    BOG Contact