Oregon Supreme Court expands reciprocal admission


PORTLAND, OR… The Oregon Supreme Court has amended its rules to allow reciprocal admission from applicants who have passed a bar exam in any US jurisdiction. The rule still requires membership in a bar with which the OSB has reciprocity – currently 40 jurisdictions -  but no longer requires that an applicant passed a bar exam in a reciprocal state. Applicants who meet all other requirements would not be required to pass the Oregon exam.

As an example, a lawyer who has membership in both California (non-reciprocal state) and Arizona (reciprocal state), but who passed the exam in California would previously have been ineligible for reciprocal admission. Beginning August 1, this same applicant can now apply under the new reciprocity rule and not be required to pass Oregon exam. Additional requirements include graduation from an ABA-accredited law school, the active practice of law for 5 of the last 7 years, and a demonstration of the good moral character and fitness to practice law.

Applicants from the following jurisdictions are affected
by this rule change: California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Beginning August 1, 2018, applicants who have passed the bar exam in these states and also have membership in a reciprocal jurisdiction, may apply to be admitted in Oregon without taking the Oregon bar exam. For more information, see the OSB Admissions page at www.osbar.org/admissions, or call (503) 620-0222.