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, email@example.com, or 503-620-0222, ext. 343.
2018 February Exam
All successful and eligible exam applicants will receive a letter including information on the admission ceremony, bar membership, bar number, the New Lawyer Mentoring Program and other relevant information. The admissions ceremony is on May 17, 2018 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 17. You may contact staff after April 20 for details.
(Willamette Campus Map) (Oath of Office) (Welcome Letter).
Please contact the office of the Board of Bar Examiners with any questions.
2018 July Exam
- Exam Dates: July 24-25, 2018
- Deadlines: April 15 (timely filing) & May 15 (late filing with $350 late fee).
- Location: Use the following link for a discounted hotel rate:
Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach
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 Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- Virgin Islands
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 Admission
The following have applied for admission under the reciprocity, house counsel, law teacher rules or UBE transfer. 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: Jonathan Stuart Burr; Cary Blake Colaianni; Benjamin David Greenberg; John Maxwell Greene; Brent Jordan Hardy; George Turner Holler, IV; James J. Keane; Ilya S. Knyazev; Hansary Laforest; Micah Rabi LeBank; Zachary David Miller; William Edward Neusteter; Robert William Novasky; Christopher Thomas Orosco; Alexis Michelle Rado; Stephanie Malinda Regenold; Anthony Lee Salvador; John Daniel Sullivan; and Keith Andre Talbot.
House Counsel: Samuel Thomas Kilb and Deborah Lynn Reback-Cushman.
UBE Transfer Score: Porter Christian Allred; Afton Noelle Coppedge; and Justine Theresa Koehle.
MCLE Requirements for UBE Applicants (following admission):
MCLE Rule 1.8 provides that a person is a new admittee from the date of initial admission as an active member of the Oregon State Bar through the end of his or her first reporting period.
MCLE Rule 3.3(b) provides that new admittees shall complete 15 credit hours of accredited CLE activity in the first reporting period after admission as an active member, including two credit hours in ethics, and ten credit hours in practical skills. One of the ethics credit hours must be devoted to Oregon ethics and professionalism and four of the ten credits in practical skills must be devoted to Oregon practice and procedure. New admittees must also complete a three credit hour OSB-approved introductory course in access to justice. The MCLE Program Manager may waive the practical skills requirement for a new admittee who has practiced law in another jurisdiction for three consecutive years immediately prior to the member’s admission in Oregon, in which event the new admittee must complete ten hours in other areas. After a new admittee’s first reporting period, the requirements in Rule 3.2(a) shall apply.
Board of Bar Examiners
|Hon. Ryan, Thomas M||Chairperson|
|Ms. Robbins, Nicole L||Vice Chair|
|Mr. Casper, Michael A||Member|
|Ms. Franco Lucero, Angela M||Member|
|Mr. Howes, Jeffrey Alan||Member|
|Mr. Isaak, Misha||Member|
|McLeod-Skinner, Cassandra C||Member|
|Ms. Perini-Abbott, Joanna T||Member|
|Hon. Skye, Kelly||Member|
|Ms. Tuttle, Stephanie J||Member|
|Ms. Wong, Caroline M||Member|
|Green, Randall||Public Member|
|Kolbell, Richard||Public Member|