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.


Announcement Regarding the October Bar Exam


On June 29, 2020, the Oregon Supreme Court issued Order 20-012 permitting the Board of Bar Examiners (BBX) to offer a special bar examination, to be held remotely on October 5 and 6, 2020. The October 2020 exam will consist of three MEE questions, one MPT question, and 100 MBE questions. The October exam will not be a Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). A person who passes the October 2020 bar exam, and is otherwise eligible for admission under the Rules for Admission of Attorneys, will be admitted to practice law in Oregon, but will not qualify for UBE admission to other jurisdictions.


Pursuant to Supreme Court Order 20-012, the October 2020 online remote exam may be administered to (1) any person who submitted a complete application, postmarked by May 30, 2020, for the July 2020 Oregon Bar examination, but was not seated due to seat capacity being reached; and (2) any person who took, but failed to pass, the February 2020 Oregon Bar examination and who did not submit a complete application, postmarked by May 30, 2020, for the July 2020 Oregon Bar examination. Pursuant to Section 1(d) of SCO 20-012, the Chair of the Board will have an expanded enrollment for the October 2020 remote exam to any person eligible for admission through examination pursuant to RFA 3.05.


Regardless of an applicant’s eligibility, no applicant may sit for the October exam if they are registered to take or have taken any bar exam between June 29, 2020, and September 30, 2020. This is true, regardless of whether the exam taken was a UBE exam or a bar exam for local state admission only. While there will be no late filing period, all applicants wishing to take the October bar exam must pay an application fee of $750, and an investigation fee of $425 if they have ever been licensed in another state.


The registration deadlines for the October 2020 remote exam, and the only process by which applicants can apply for the exam, are as follows:

1. From July 13, 2020, to July 24, 2020, registration will be open to any person who (1) applied for the July 2020 exam, but was not seated due to seat capacity being reached, or (2) any person who failed to pass the February 2020 exam. Applicants who fit within these categories will be sent a link to a closed application in which they can apply to take the October exam.

2. From August 7, 2020, to August 14, 2020, registration will be open to any person who meets the qualifications outlined in RFA 3.05. Applicants within this category who wish to apply for the October exam will be required to complete an online Oregon Bar Application, which will be on this webpage sometime before August 7, 2020.

In accordance with Section 1(d) of SCO 20-012, the Chair of the Board has set a maximum seating capacity for the October 2020 remote exam of 300. Applicants will be seated on a first-come/first-serve basis, based on the time and date their application was received by the bar. As we confirm the qualifications and payments of the first 300 applicants, we may determine that some are not qualified or their payments may be denied for insufficient funds. In such event, we will hold on to the excessive applications that are received on August 14, 2020, so that they can be processed and included in the 300 applications should there be space available. This is NOT a waiting list, but instead a way to establish that our exam population of 300 is filled with legitimate applicants. We will attempt to notify applicants within a week if they are not included in the 300. As all applications will be submitted online, any application received after August 14, 2020, will be rejected due to the applicant’s failure to timely apply. For rejected applications, any checks will be shredded and any online payment will be canceled/refunded/reversed.


2020 Admissions FAQs 

Supreme Court Order       Prior Applicant Messages





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




2020 February Exam



Exam Results available here


The May 21, 2020 Admission Ceremony has been cancelled by the Court. Instead, there will be a virtual admissions ceremony posted at the following webpage on May 21, 2020:


https://www.osbar.org/admissions/welcome

Please visit this webpage on or after May 21, 2020 to see the virtual ceremony.




2020 July Exam


  • Exam Dates: July 28-29, 2020

  • Deadlines: April 15, 2020 (timely filing) & May 30, 2020 (late filing with $350 late fee).

  • Location: Use the following link for a discounted hotel rate:
    Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach
    909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217







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 July 3, 2020:

Brent Coleman, Brock L. Faulkner, Carey ME Gephart, Charles A. Young, James B. Noel, Joseph A. Hamell, Justin B. Green, Keith M. Hayasaka, Nicole E. Demmon, Susan E. Adams, Tirzah F. Matthews.

The following names will expire on July 27, 2020:

Alexandra Keller, Alexia Velissaropoulos, Alfred L. Sanderson Jr., Amanda R. Cachaldora, Brian S. Epley, Charles W. Hagen, Gabriela A. Teodorescu, Jason E. Wax, Jonah A. Flynn, Jordan E. Taylor, Joseph L. Haley, Justin M. Wright, Leona D. Jochnowitz, Michael A. Jaeger, Michael F. Labbee, Timothy S. McGillicuddy.



UBE Transfer Score

The following names will expire on July 3, 2020:

Benjamin J. Woodruff, Charles R. Buist, Christine D. Mosier-Crysler, Danielle L. Replogle, David J. Brown, Jacob N. Rhoads, Jill D. Goatcher, Joseph L. Haley, Logan F. Cooper, Stephen DA Yhan, Stewart Vargas-Sosa, Yasaman Afzal.

The following names will expire on July 27, 2020:

Christina W. Hardesty, Kenton P. Arbon.



House Counsel

The following names will expire on June 7, 2020:

Stella R. Shin.

The following names will expire on July 27, 2020:

Benjamin J. Maclean.






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

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