JULY 2020 BAR EXAM APPLICANTS:

The Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners (BBX) presently intends to host the July Bar Exam at the Portland Red Lion Hotel on July 28 & 29, 2020. A link to the application for this exam is posted below on this page.


Concerns about the COVID-19 virus might require either limited seating at, or cancellation of, the July Bar Exam. If seating at the July Bar Exam must be limited for any reason, applicants will be seated on a first-come/first-serve basis (based on the time and date the application is received by the bar). Applicants are encouraged to get their applications in early


As a Uniform Bar Exam State, we intend to follow the decision of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) in determining whether to cancel the July exam. The NCBE will not announce whether the July exam will be cancelled until at least May 5, 2020. Here is a link to the NCBE’s COVID-19 Announcements page: http://www.ncbex.org/ncbe-covid-19-updates/


Applicants who wish to take a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) in 2020 are encouraged to apply for the Oregon July 2020 Bar Exam. If the NCBE cancels the July Bar Exam, we will offer a fall UBE exam in lieu of the July exam. If the NCBE offers additional UBE exams in 2020, Oregon will offer these exams as well. If seating must be limited for any reason at the fall or any subsequent UBE exams in 2020, seats will be offered first to those applicants who applied for the July exam, but who were unable to sit for the July exam for reasons beyond their control. If an applicant is otherwise qualified to sit for the July exam or subsequent exams, but is unable to do so because of a cancellation or seating restriction, then the BBX will give that applicant a full credit to sit for one of the next two bar exams offered in Oregon.


The timely filing deadline of April 15, 2020 and late filing deadline of May 30, 2020 will remain in effect. Applications must be postmarked by these dates and have the correct fees in order to be considered valid for the July exam. For applicants who failed the February 2020 bar exam, their applications will still be considered timely if postmarked by May 30, 2020. Applicants who are seeking testing accommodations must have their accommodation requests in by the timely filing deadline. To help with timely filings and comply with social distancing regulations, we have replaced any requirement for a notarized affidavit with a signed declaration and removed the requirement for fingerprint cards.


We realize that there is a lot of information in this announcement, and some info may give the reader concern about what the future holds. We hope that applicants will focus on the following three major takeaways: 1) It is our strong intention to hold at least one more exam this year; 2) If you apply for the July exam, we will do our best to get you tested; and 3) If we can’t get you tested in July, your money is good for the next exam in which you can be seated.




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


Unofficial results of the February 2020 bar exam will be available April 24, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Results will be posted on this website, and physically posted at the OSB Center and the Oregon Supreme Court.

All successful and eligible exam applicants will be sent a detailed packet of information 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 May 21, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium on the Willamette University campus in Salem. (Map) (Oath of Office)


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

OMLA BAR EXAM GRANTS
July 2020 OMLA Bar Exam Grant applications are now available through April 24, 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 April 13, 2020:

Ariel Boyce-Smith, Douglas E. Walker, James L. Ellison, Jason A. Winnell, Jerry T. Baker, John R. Bruner, Joseph S. Ferretti, Justin D. Balser, MacKenzie Stout, Matthew S. Coombs, Michelle E. Kierce, Nicholas A. Alexander, Ryan M. Sigurdson, Stanley A. Brooks, Stephen J. Healy, Tyler J. Ernst.

The following names will expire on May 3, 2020:

David M. Niebauer, John A.Raschko, Jose J. Alonso, Justin E. Bolster, Kevin F. Underwood, Mary M. Montgomery, Ramie O. Snodgrass, Sara A. Winter, Wendy M. Hickey.



UBE Transfer Score

The following names will expire on April 13, 2020:

Annette N. Riddle, Brittany L. Adikes, Julie E. Schultz, Kenneth Chi-Shiun Tseng, Robert S. Willette.

The following names will expire on May 3, 2020:

Alexander J. Bullock, Lisa G. Bjerkman, Miranda D. Russell.



House Counsel

The following names will expire on April 13, 2020:

Elizabeth M. Lehrer, InderBir S. Datta, Xin Yang.

The following names will expire on May 3, 2020:

Andrew C. Mayer, Kristen C. Lewis, Sarah Anne Browne.






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




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
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
Mr. Milesnick, Robert S    BOG Contact