OCTOBER 2020 REMOTE EXAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Our applicant pool for October did not reach our seating capacity limit; thus, all qualified applicants whose application was received by the application deadline will be tested. We have entered into an agreement with ExamSoft to provide the necessary remote exam administration services. All future notices and announcements related to the remote October exam will be communicated directly with applicants through their email. If you applied to take the remote October exam, and you have not received an email from the Oregon State Bar’s Admissions Manager, then you should check your junk or spam email folder. If you have no email from the Admissions Manager, then we have the wrong email address or your application was not received on time, and you should email the Admissions Department immediately at admissions@osbar.org.


Diploma Privilege Announcement

Eligible applicants who selected Diploma Privilege have received a waiver from the requirement of passing the bar exam, but must still meet all other requirements for admission. These requirements include proof of graduation, passage of the MPRE, and establishing that they have the requisite good moral character and fitness to practice law.

We will publish the names of individuals who passed the July bar exam or had the exam requirement waived on September 25, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. The list will not distinguish between those who selected diploma privilege and those who passed the bar exam. However, the list may include applicants who have not yet met all the other requirements for admission. Establishing that an applicant has satisfied all the other requirements takes time. Therefore, you should not presume that you have met all requirements just because your name is on the list. 

Pursuant to RFA 8.05, we will notify all applicants whether they have been recommended for admission through U.S. Mail on or before September 28, 2020. Applicants who have been recommended for admission will be invited to attend the Admissions Ceremony hosted by the Oregon Supreme Court on October 8, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. This will be the time and day at which qualified applicants can first take and submit their oath. If the ceremony is held virtually, like it was for the February 2020 exam, eligible applicants will have to take their oaths remotely by signing the COVID-19 Oath declaration form (located on our webpage), and mailing it directly to the Oregon Supreme Court. The Court will not accept oaths received before October 8, 2020. Once the Court notifies the OSB Admissions Department that they have accepted an applicant’s oath, we will issue the applicant a bar number. Applicants will be notified of their bar number via email to the email address in their admissions file. The Court usually notifies the Admissions Department of accepted oaths on each Friday. Bar numbers are normally issued the following week. 

For future reference, if you mail a valid oath to the Court on or after October 8, 2020, and do not receive your bar number when expected, please check your spam or junk email folders. If you have not received the expected email by October 22, 2020, then please contact the OSB Admissions Department via email to admissions@osbar.org.


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.




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 September 21, 2020:

Adam Deitz, Andrea M. Flanagan, Brian R Lambert, Erica Temple, Justin D. Farmer, Sally White Harmeling, Sara M Vanderhoff, Tiffany L. Smith,Todd M Kiesz, Vivien K Chang

The following names will expire on October 24, 2020:

Anna R. Buono, Blake D. McCay, Catherine Jiang, Charles J. Lloyd, Jeffrey T. Norberg, Joseph A. Rogoway, Lauren M. Nowierski-Stadnick, Michael P. Stadnick, Nancy Rosenbloom, Robert O. Gower, Ronald T. Stankye, Sean J. Badgley



UBE Transfer Score

The following names will expire on September 21, 2020:

David L Bartels, Eric J. Panoushek, Kerry-Frances Bourne

The following names will expire on October 24, 2020:

Bora Lee, Daniel R. Surfass, David L. Bartels, Emma K. Singer, Eric Panoushek, Kelly-France Bourne, Maria A. Kazakova, Sean M. Dunning, Stetson B. Holman



House Counsel

The following names will expire on September 21, 2020:

Jana J Triska, Robin A. Schaefers

The following names will expire on October 24, 2020:

Marianne M. Dickson






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