Oregon Supreme Court Approves Amendments to Rules for Admission

On November 16, 2021, the Oregon Supreme Court approved several amendments to the Rules for Admission (RFA) that will come into effect on January 1, 2022. The Amendments will affect the following stakeholders:

  • Applicants who are members of another bar (fee increases);
  • Certified Law Students (expansion of activities permitted under the Law Student Appearance Rule);
  • Applicants applying under the UBE Score Transfer Rule, Reciprocity Rule and House-Counsel Rule (Option to apply for a Temporary Practice License while admission application is pending); and
  • Applicants for, and present holders of, a House-Counsel License (new regulatory compliance measures).

The measures include:

  • 1. Fee Increases for admission applicants who are, or have been, members of another state or foreign bar, or who have a pending application for admission to practice law in another US state (collectively, “Lawyer Applicants”). The fee increase is based upon the type of admission sought by the applicant. The following fee increases will apply to lawyer applicants only:
    • a.The investigation fee required for lawyer applicants applying to take the bar exam will be increased to $600.  This will be in addition to the standard $750 application fee;

    • b. UBE Score Transfer, Law Professor and Military Spouse Applicants will pay a flat application fee of $1,350;

    • c. Reciprocal Admission Applicants will pay a flat application fee of $1,750;

    • d. House Counsel and Foreign Law Consultants will pay a flat application fee of $2,500.
  • 2. The Law Student Appearance Program (RFA 13.05 et seq) has been expanded to allow law students certified under the program to engage in litigation related activities, such as taking depositions or statements under oath, the preparation of affidavits or declarations of witnesses, negotiations and investigations so long as the actions are related to an eligible and active litigation matter. Additionally, law students certified under the Program may engage in non-litigation activities, such as client intake, documents related to estate planning, contract drafting and negotiations, documents related to interests in real estate and personal property, and business formation.

  • 3. Temporary Practice Licenses will be made available to qualified applicants who apply for such a temporary license and pay the temporary license fee. The activities performed under the Temporary Practice License must be supervised by a current Oregon State Bar member. In order to qualify for a Temporary Practice License, the applicant must have a valid pending application for admission under one of the following rules (application type):
    • a. RFA 15.05 (Reciprocity);
    • b. RFA 16.05 (House Counsel);
    • c. RFA 17.05 (Out-of-State Active Pro Bono);
    • d. RFA 18.05 (Admission of Military Spouse); or
    • e. RFA 19.15 (Transfer of UBE Score/Non-UBE Remote Bar Exam Score).
  • 4. House Counsel Licensees will be required to certify that they have continuously met the requirements for maintaining their house counsel license on or before October 1, 2022, and will be required to annually re-certify compliance with the maintenance requirements on or before October 1 of each year thereafter. The certification form will be sent to all house-counsel licensees in early August of 2022.

FEBRUARY 2022 BAR EXAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. To comply with pandemic safety protocols, and taking into consideration the limited space available for this exam, the Board will enforce a seating capacity maximum of 225 examinees. Applicants will be selected for seats on a first come, first served basis. There will be a waiting list, with preference given to waiting list applicants who are re-taking the bar exam and who have taken it three times or fewer, with the higher number of attempts receiving the highest preference;

2. Facemasks will be required at all times while applicants are in-doors and the exam is in session. The exam is considered in session from the start of registration before the morning session until all examinees have been excused from the afternoon session each day;

3. Social distancing will be maintained throughout the exam site. In order to ensure that exam site common areas do not become overcrowded, staggered start/end times will be maintained depending on an applicant's exam room;

4. All applicants will be required to submit proof that they have been fully vaccinated in order to sit for the bar exam, or comply with a defined testing requirement. The term “fully vaccinated” means that the person has taken all necessary shots for the vaccine to achieve its maximum efficacy, including any recommended booster shots. If no proof of vaccination is available, an applicant must submit proof of a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) for SARS-CoV-2 that has been taken within 48-hours of the first day of the exam, with the NAAT showing that the applicant is negative for COVID-19.  There are many tests that fall into the category of NAAT tests, but for the purposes of the bar exam, we will accept the following: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR); Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR); Nicking endonuclease amplification reaction (NEAR); Transcription mediated amplification (TMA); Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP); Helicase-dependent amplification (HDA); Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR); and Strand displacement amplification (SDA). A NAAT will be considered valid if it was administered in a laboratory or point-of-care setting. Home tests will not be accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination.  Here is a link to find vaccination and valid testing sites: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covid-19-testing


FEBRUARY 2022 EXAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Applications must be uploaded into the provided SmartSheet:

The February 2022 Oregon State Bar Exam Application is now available in the OSB Admissions Forms Library located at the Admission Homepage. All applications must be submitted via the related SmartSheet. The timely filing deadline to apply for the February exam is November 15, 2021. Applications received after that date must include a late filing fee of $350. The late filing deadline for the February exam is December 15, 2021. This late filing deadline may be extended by the BBX chair, which would be posted promptly on the admissions homepage.

 

Accommodation Applications:

Applicants seeking testing accommodations under the ADA must upload their request and related forms in the same SmartSheet page that they submit their exam application; however, the accommodation request form, together with related documents, must be uploaded as a separate document from the exam application. In order to ensure that an accommodation request does not cause an undue hardship on the Board or the Oregon State Bar, the accommodation request documents must be submitted no later than November 15, 2021.

 

In-person vs. Remote Exam:

The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) has established that the February 2022 Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) materials will be made available to jurisdictions for in-person testing only unless public health restrictions prohibit such plans. If this occurs, the NCBE will work with jurisdictions on another solution that will enable candidates to take the exam.

At this time, Oregon plans to host an in-person exam for February 2022. However, this could change based on guidance by the Oregon Health Authority as we get closer to the exam date. If the data suggests that a remote exam is the only safe option, the BBX will change the test type when that becomes absolutely necessary. Applicants should be prepared for either exam.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to require flexibility and contingency planning, we are committed to communicating changes in a timely manner. Applicants should review the admissions homepage often; new policies will be posted as they become official. Once all applications are processed, we will communicate directly with applicants through the email listed in their application.

The exam will be administered on February 22nd and 23rd, 2021. If in-person, the exam will be held at the hotel presently known as Red Lion – Jantzen Beach.  At the time of the exam, the hotel will have changed its name to the “Holiday Inn Portland – Columbia Riverfront.” We have negotiated a block of rooms at a discounted rate. The name change will not have any impact on reservations made through this link.


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 bar processes, please see the following info:

  1. Address Changes: OSB members seeking to update their contact information may do so by logging into the website or via email.
  2. Pro Hac Vice admission: Apply online here.


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




2022 February Exam


  • Exam Dates: February 22-23, 2022

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

  • Location:
    Red Lion – Jantzen Beach (Presently)/Holiday Inn Portland – Columbia Riverfront (at time of exam)
    909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217
    Telephone: (503) 283-4466 or (503) 978-4589
    Hotel Reservation for Examinee Room Discount: https://book.passkey.com/go/OregonBarFebruary2022



2021 July Exam


Exam Results available here


The admissions ceremony will be held virtually at 1PM on October 7, 2021.

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

Please visit this webpage to see the virtual ceremony.






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 applicants character and fitness review, each applicants name must be published at least 45 days prior to admission. In compliance with this rule, below is a list of applicants who applied for the July 2021 administration of the Uniform Bar Examination in Oregon. The Board of Bar Examiners requests that members examine this list and bring to the boards 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. Correspondence can also be emailed to admissions@osbar.org.


July 2021 Applicants for Admission



Reciprocity

The following names will expire on January 24, 2022:

Alexander McTarian, Amy M. Willis, Britt A. Birkenbuel, Dayna C. Carter, Erika A. Nohavec, Joel H. Bootzi, Joseph O. Gaon, Kathy J. Ortiz, Katryn Ann Newton, Kayla M. Spencer, Lafcadio H. Darling, Samuel J. Elder Jr., TaraLynn A. Casperson

The following names will expire on February 18, 2022:

Charles Z. Weiss, Cherie N. Long-Hardin, Ellen M. Van Riper, Gabrielle E. Thompson, Grace S. Chu, Jared J. Hight, John J. Kinney III, Joseph B. Farrell, Katherine G. McKeon, Kathy Rowell, Matthew R. Muenzen, Meredeth E. Ruston, Simonida Tilton, Thallen J. Brassel



Score Transfer

The following names will expire on January 24, 2022:

Garrett Lee Brown, Karma N. Read, Roy E. Lambert, Tate B. Kirk

The following names will expire on February 18, 2022:

Anna Corbett, Claire Green, James F. Fryer, Kelsey A. Tope, Mary K. Patrickus, Nancy Brown, Robert Sellers, Samantha B. Taylor



House Counsel

The following names will expire on January 24, 2022:

Ronald J. Edwards

The following names will expire on February 18, 2022:

James R. Putnam, Nicola Dean







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




Temporary Practice 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
Regulatory Counsel

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

Jenni Abalan
Admissions and Regulatory Services Assistant

jabalan@osbar.org, (503) 620-0222 ext. 330

Brandi Norris
Regulatory Services Coordinator

bnorris@osbar.org, (503) 620-0222 ext. 343




Board of Bar Examiners Members


Ms. Matthews, Kendra M    Chairperson
Ms. Wong, Caroline M    Vice Chair
Ms. Kaufman, Lissa K    Member
Mr. Warren, Ernest     Member
Dr. Rosilez, Anthony J    Member
Hon. Skye, Kelly     Member
McLeod-Skinner, Cassandra C    Member
Ms. Perini-Abbott, Joanna T    Member
Hon. Franco Lucero, Angela M    Member
Ms. Smith, Adrian Tobin    Member
Ms. Tuttle, Stephanie J    Member
Mr. Slauson, Michael J    Member
Mr. Cauble, Christopher     BOG Contact
Green, Randall     Public Member
Kolbell, Richard     Public Member




Board of Bar Examiners Meeting Dates


3/25/2021
Thursday
8:30AM – 12:30PM
Zoom Meeting
4/23/2021
Friday
8:30AM – 12:30PM
Zoom Meeting
5/21/2021
Friday
8:30AM – 12:30PM
Zoom Meeting
6/25/2021
Friday
8:30AM – 12:30PM
Zoom Meeting
8/26/2021
Thursday
8:30AM – 12:30PM
Zoom Meeting
9/17/2021
Friday
8:30AM – 12:30PM
Zoom Meeting
10/22/2021
Friday
8:30AM – 12:30PM
Zoom Meeting
11/12/2021
Friday
8:30AM – 12:30PM
Zoom Meeting