OR State Board of Bar Examiners Extends Deadline for Late Bar Exam Application

The Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners has extended the late filing deadline to December 31 for those interested in sitting for the February 2020 Oregon Bar Exam. Applications must be received or postmarked by this date or they will be rejected.

The deadline for timely filed special accommodations requests was November 15, 2019. This deadline is not extended by the Board. If a late applicant wishes to apply for special accommodations, they will need to submit a separate statement and evidence that establishes good cause for missing the November 15 deadline. If good cause is not established, then the merits of the underlying special accommodation request will not be considered.


Supreme Court Amendments and Additions to Rules for Attorneys

At its public meeting on October 16, 2019, the court considered and approved amendments to the Rules for Admission (RFA) 2.15 (Confidentiality) and 13.25 (Law Student Certification); and added rules 1.20 - 1.45 (Essential Eligibility Requirements). The Supreme Court orders are linked below.

Supreme Court Order 19-085    Supreme Court Order 19-086




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.


Online Application Fee Payment Oregon State Bar applicants can now pay application fees online. Applicants who wish to pay their application fees and investigation fees can do so using a credit card or ACH here. Please indicate on the application that you paid online and include your order number. Staff will connect your payment to the application at the time that your application is received.
Exam Security Software - The Oregon State Bar has a new Exam Security Software vendor, ILG Technologies. Applicants wishing to take the Oregon Bar Exam on their personal laptop will need to register for ILG Exam 360® software. You will register with ILG Technologies directly. Instructions for registration will be sent out sometime following the late filing deadline (December 15, 2018).
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
Provision of Legal Services Following Disaster - Please see this 2009 Supreme Court order related to the provision of legal serivces following the determination of a disaster.




2020 February Exam


  • Exam Dates: February 25-26, 2020

  • Deadlines: November 15 (timely filing) & December 15 (late filing with $350 late fee).

  • Location:
    Holiday Inn - Portland Airport
    8439 NE Columbia Boulevard  Receive group discount at this link



2019 July Exam


Exam Results available here


All successful and eligible exam applicants will be sent a letter 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, October 3, 2019 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 October 4.

(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 Admission

Pursuant to RFA 6.10, as part of an applicant’s character and fitness review, each applicants name must be published at least 45 days prior to admission. In compliance with this rule, below are lists of applicants who applied for admission. 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 Department, Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners, P.O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281-1935.



Reciprocity

The following names will expire on December 6, 2019:

Andrea J. Clare, Karolina Sylvia Southard, Kristin Ella Russell, Luke Joseph Campbell, Nicole A. Mermelli, Scarlett Amantha Van Syoc, Steven Baum, Susanna Marie Carlson, Trent Ramsay Taylor, Tyler L. Jones.

The following names will expire on December 27, 2019:

Aliza B. Kaplan, Andrew Gabel, Bradley Park Thoreson, Caitlin J. Forsyth, Daniel F. Newman, Douglas Hodder, Elizabeth Ann Weden, Gretchen Ingrid Korb-Nice, Jaclyn M. Ford, Jesse Cobb Stewart, Karen Lee Farkas, Kayleigh Eve Lindemuth, Rachel J. Goldfarb, Regan A. Parker, Robert Edward Tree, Teva Fir Sempel, Timothy R. Douglass.



House Counsel

The following names will expire on December 6, 2019:

Andrea J. Clare, Karolina Sylvia Southard, Kristin Ella Russell, Luke Joseph Campbell, Nicole A. Mermelli, Scarlett Amantha Van Syoc, Steven Baum, Susanna Marie Carlson, Trent Ramsay Taylor, Tyler L. Jones, Anne Choi Goodwin, Kevin Lee Brady, Morgan Lee Woolley.



UBE Transfer Score

The following names will expire on December 6, 2019:

Eileen Pepple, Eli Goldmann, Ellyar Barazesh, Jennifer S. McAnaney Swajkoski, Jonathan Zaworski, Karine Gialella, Marie Ann Loiseau

The following names will expire on December 27, 2019:

Catherine E. Sutton, Grover C. Peters III, Jose Luis Bustillos Varela, Myla Edith Sepulveda, Peter Sabian,Timothy Edward Sweeney.





Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) Transfer Information

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.





Application Forms




General Forms



Oath Form




Reciprocity Forms



Testing Accomodations




Staff Contacts

Troy Wood
Admissions Director

twood@osbar.org, (503) 620-0222 ext. 310

Vickie Hansen
Admissions Coordinator

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

Sarah Haugstad
Admissions Specialist

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

Sergio Hernandez
Admissions Specialist

shernandez@osbar.org, (503) 620-0222 ext. 405




Board of Bar Examiners

Hon. Franco Lucero, Angela M    Chairperson
Ms. Perini-Abbott, Joanna T    Vice Chair
Mr. Bofferding, Todd E    Member
Mr. Isaak, Misha     Member
Ms. Kaufman, Lissa K    Member
Ms. Matthews, Kendra M    Member
McLeod-Skinner, Cassandra C    Member
Hon. Skye, Kelly     Member
Mr. Slauson, Michael J    Member
Ms. Tuttle, Stephanie J    Member
Mr. Warren, Ernest     Member
Ms. Wong, Caroline M    Member
Green, Randall     Public Member
Kolbell, Richard     Public Member
Ms. Nordyke, Vanessa A    BOG Contact