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,, 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

2017 February 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 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.

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: Linda J. Blair; Joseph R. Bond; Douglas R. Boysen; Christopher James Brennan; Mark S. Brumbaugh; Julie Ann Caputo; Dinah L. Choi; Slayde Hawkins Dappen; Meredith Sloane Davison; Daniel R. Hutzenbiler; Sherwin Charles Ignacio; Matthew Louis Kahl; Anne C. Kunkel; Matthew P. Larkin; David J. Lennett; Joseph P. Loughlin; Melissa A. McGoogan; Tyler Joseph Moore; Nicholas J. Neidzwski; Anna Pervukhin; Jennifer Joy Smith; Lindsay K. Taft; Gregory P. Turner; Douglas M. Walla; Noah Scott Warman; and Allison M. Widney.

House Counsel Applicants: Scott P. Peartree.

Application Forms

General Forms

Laptop Exam Information

Oath Form

Reciprocity Forms

Testing Accomodations

Staff Contacts

Vickie Hansen
Admissions Coordinator, (503) 620-0222 ext. 419

Tanya Tkach
Admissions Specialist, (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