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.
Admissions does not handle certain transactions. Links follow to assist you with these processes:
- 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.
- Pro Hac Vice admission – Information is available here and forms are available here. Questions? Contact the Regulatory Services Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 503-620-0222, ext. 343.
2017 February Exam
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 May 18, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium on the Willamette University campus in Salem.
Successful applicants who can not attend the ceremony may be sworn-in separately, though not before May 18. You may contact staff after April 24 for details.
(Willamette Campus Map) (Oath of Office) (Welcome Letter).
Please contact the office of the Board of Bar Examiners with any questions.
2017 July Exam
- Exam Dates: July 25-26, 2017
- Deadlines: April 15 (timely filing) & May 15 (late filing with $350 late fee).
Deadlines are date for postmark, not receipt in the office.
- Location: Portland Expo Center
OSB Diversity & Inclusion Bar Exam Grants Available
The Oregon State Bar Diversity & Inclusion Department (D&I) has a bar exam grant program available to help offset the cost of taking the Oregon Bar Exam. Six grants will be awarded for this exam. This program is available to graduating law students, or graduates, who can assist the D&I Department with advancing its mission. For more information about the D&I Department, its mission, the specifics of this program, or to access the application, please visit the D&I website.
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.
Qualifying jurisdictions for reciprocity with Oregon
- District Of Columbia
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
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: Christine J. Atkinson; Thomas Andrew Belush; Mark C. Blair; Bret Alan Campbell; James M. Cleavenger; Christopher M. Craig; James E. David; Jonah Allen Flynn; Winston T. Folmar; William Michael Franklin; Jeffrey A. James; Alice W. Jayne; Joshua King; Thomas W. LaBarge; Bruce W. Leaverton; Jodi A. McDougall; John A. McIntosh; Joshua Kenneth Partington; Jason Michael Powell; Monique R. Renner; Nathan Russell Ring; Rebecca Astrid Savage; Betsy Ruth Shepherd; Karen Louise Slotsky; Nicholas Manke Tait; and Stephanie G. Weir.
House Counsel Applicants: Evan Christian Osborn; and Craig E. Trummel.
Laptop Exam Information
Board of Bar Examiners
|Howes, Jeffrey Alan||Chairperson|
|Robbins, Nicole L||Vice Chair|
|Casper, Michael A||Member|
|Franco Lucero, Angela M||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|