OCTOBER 2020 REMOTE BAR EXAM APPLICANTS

The Admissions Department will send October 2020 remote exam results to individual examinees on November 24, 2020 (the Notice) at the address provided in their exam application. This is to give successful applicants a head start on their job search and unsuccessful applicants sufficient time to reapply for February 2021. The exam results will be published on the Bar's website on December 7, 2020. The virtual Admissions Ceremony for successful applicants will be held on December 23, 2020, which is the first day that successful applicants can submit their oath to the Oregon Supreme Court. Information about the ceremony, and how to become a member of the bar, will be included in the successful applicant's Notice.

Oregon entered into Memorandums of Understandings (MOUs) with the following jurisdictions (cut score): Connecticut (266), Illinois (266), Kentucky (264), Maryland (266), Massachusetts (270), New Hampshire (270), New Jersey (266), New York (266), Ohio (270), Tennessee (270), Vermont (270) and Washington, D.C. (266). Pursuant to those MOUs, we will send applicant scores to each jurisdiction for which they qualify. The scores will be transmitted on the same day we publicly announce the bar results (December 7, 2020). If you wish to apply to one of the MOU jurisdictions, you should work on your application for that jurisdiction sooner rather than later, but recognize that the jurisdiction will not know that your score qualifies for admission until after December 7, 2020. Please do not contact the Admissions Department regarding the contents of this announcement. All questions will be answered in the Notice.


FEBRUARY 2021 EXAM ANNOUNCEMENT

The February 2021 Oregon Bar Exam will be a remote-only Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), pursuant to Oregon Supreme Court Order (CJO) 20-031. Per the NCBE’s remote UBE requirements, we will use ExamSoft as our exam software vendor. Applicants will be required to register with ExamSoft in order to use ExamSoft’s Examplify platform. Applicants are responsible for their own equipment, and must ensure that the computer they test with meets the minimum system requirements (MSRs) of Examplify, which you can find at this link: https://examsoft.com/resources/examplify-minimum-system-requirements. Please note that new Apple products using Apple’s M1 chips are not supported. At this same link, you will find links to instructions on determining whether your computer meets the MSRs, and directions on how to ensure that you have the correct administrator rights to use the program. If you have questions about Examplify’s MSRs, please DO NOT contact the admissions staff. Instead, contact ExamSoft through their tech support chat at the aforementioned link or call them at 866-429-8889 ext. 1. The exam will consist of eight 90-minute sessions held over two days (four sessions each day).

Applicants are responsible for their own exam environment. If you are concerned about securing a quiet and private exam environment with adequate internet connectivity, you should reach out to your law school for possible solutions. In the alternative, if you will be testing remotely from within Oregon, you can also contact Oregon Women Lawyers via email at owlspresident@oregonwomenlawyers.org to see if a local law firm has office space available for applicants.

The application for February 2021 is now available in our Admissions Forms Library. All applications must be submitted via the related SmartSheet. The timely filing deadline is November 16, 2020. The late filing deadline is presently December 15, 2020, and the late filing fee is $350. This late filing deadline may be extended by the BBX chair, and if such an extension is granted, the new deadline will be posted on the admissions home page. Please also note that per CJO 20-09, applicants who failed the October 2020 bar exam will not be asked to pay the late filing fee for the February exam so long as their applications are received before the late filing deadline. If you are a repeat examinee, and feel you need help in studying for the upcoming exam, you might consider applying for the Oregon State Bar’s Rebar Program here.


“Courtesy Seating” Available for February 2021 UBE

Courtesy seating will be available to members of the Oregon State Bar who were admitted by a method other than a UBE exam and who can confirm their need for a transferable UBE score to apply to a specific UBE jurisdiction. You do not qualify for courtesy seating if you have already taken a UBE exam but have not yet received a score, or if you have already earned a UBE score that would satisfy the admission requirements of the jurisdiction to which you intend to transfer your score. More information is available on the Courtesy Seating Application form. Completed forms must be submitted via the SmartSheet link here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/2169bd75d91948e08ac60b2e0d8cdd0b


Reciprocity/UBE/House-Counsel Applicants

All fingerprint and notary requirements have been suspended. Once you have filled out the application and C&F Reference Forms, just sign the declaration at the end of the application and send it in with your payment. Please do not contact the Admissions Department to confirm this statement. We will place a new announcement here if this changes. Thank you.


Oregon State Bar October 2020 Virtual Admissions Ceremony



Chief Justice Martha Walters and the Oregon State Bar welcome those eligible for admission to the practice of law. While Justice Walters will lead participants in a symbolic Oath of Office, please note that the official 2020 COVID-19 oath must be submitted in writing to the court. Click here for the written oath and instructions.



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.
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




2021 February Exam


  • Exam Dates: February 23-24, 2021

  • Deadlines: November 16 (timely filing) & December 15 (late filing with $350 late fee).


OMLA BAR EXAM GRANTS
February 2021 OMLA Bar Exam Grant applications are now available through November 29, the application is available here. Each grant award consists of stipend of $800 to be used for expenses associated with preparing to take the bar exam as well as a reimbursement of the $750 admissions application fee.

If you have questions about the OMLA Bar Exam Grant program or about the application process, please contact Suji Patel at the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association: sujatapatel@gmail.com or Hugo Gonzalez Venegas at hgonzalezvenegas@osbar.org.









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 10, 2020:

Annalisa G. Bhatia, Bernadette E. Valdellon, Bradley Rose, Frances P. Hadfield, Gerald B. Singleton, Hollis-Anthony W. Ramsey, Jessica C. Vail, Logan M. Pratt Maria S. Hristova

The following names will expire on December 28, 2020:

Christopher E. Hinkel, Julie C. VanDerZanden, Karen L. Farkas



UBE Transfer Score

The following names will expire on December 10, 2020:

Andrew Z. Stebbins, Jordan P. Lamson, Paul M. Roybal

The following names will expire on December 28, 2020:

Joseph B. Sullivan, Kiegan D. Stewart, Maxwell H. Goins



House Counsel

The following names will expire on December 10, 2020:

Richard W. Black, Spencer J. Baldwin






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




Provision of Legal Services Following Disaster (Not in Effect)



Annual Character & Fitness Statistics



Staff Contacts

Troy Wood
Admissions Manager

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