Amendments to the Rules for Admission of Attorneys

The Oregon Supreme Court has adopted two amendments to the Rules for Admission of Attorneys that will become effective August 1, 2018. The first amendment increases the application fee by $125. Beginning August 1, 2018, the application fee will be $750. The second amendment removes the requirement that reciprocal admission applicants have passed a bar exam in a jurisdiction that has reciprocity with the Oregon State Bar and replaces it with a requirement that reciprocal applicants have passed a bar exam in another United States jurisdiction. A copy of the Order Amending Oregon Rules for Admission of Attorneys 4.10 and 15.05 can be found here. A new version of the Rules for Admission of Attorneys and a new Reciprocal Application will be published on this webpage on August 1, 2018.

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,, or 503-620-0222, ext. 343.

Law Student Appearance Program Currently enrolled law students who have completed two semesters of full-time law study and are enrolled in a law school clinic class may be eligible to participate in the law student appearance program, thanks to changes to Rules for Admission effective August 1. A new RFA 13.20(2) sets out the criteria. The revised Rules for Admission can be viewed here.
Oregon Supreme Court Changes Bar Exam Pass Score - By order entered May 3, 2017, the Court has lowered Oregon’s pass score to 274, beginning with the July 2017 bar examination.
Oregon adopts the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) - Oregon has adopted the UBE. Examinees who take the UBE earn a portable score that can be used to apply for admission in other UBE jurisdictions. Oregon will administer the UBE starting with the July 2017 exam. Oregon will begin accepting transferred UBE scores on August 21, 2017, for scores earned in other UBE jurisdictions in the July 2017 or subsequent exam administrations.
Applicant Address Changes - Current admissions applicants wishing to update their contact information may do so via e-mail to the Admissions Department at

2018 February Exam

Exam Results available here

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

Applicants for July 2018 bar exam
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, 16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd., PO Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281-1935.

Bar Exam Applicants

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

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: Todd William Blischke; LizabethAnn Rogovoy Eisen; Tarah Elizabeth Heinzen; Reece Michael Hrizuk; Mark Lee Iodice; Mary Ann Ivy; Malika Johnson; Justin Todd Key; Brooke Anne Langlitz; Michael Lloyd Lankford; Timothy Don Lowrey; Donald K. McLean; Curtis Richard Newsome; Peter Conrad Nierman; Luis Felipe Ramirez; Scott Matthew Santerre; Shiann Rose Schmidt; Lindsey Morgan Shapiro; David George Smitham; and David Frederick Stearns.

House Counsel: Erin Marie Bustamante-Trinidad and Abby Lynn Hoskisson

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, (503) 620-0222 ext. 310

Vickie Hansen
Admissions Coordinator, (503) 620-0222 ext. 419

Tanya Brodsky
Admissions Specialist, (503) 620-0222 ext. 364

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
Mr. Warren, Ernest     Member
Ms. Wong, Caroline M    Member
Green, Randall     Public Member
Kolbell, Richard     Public Member