Oregon State Bar Bulletin JUNE 2015
New Admission Rule Recommended
The Board of Bar Examiners, with input from the law schools in Oregon, recently recommended an amendment to Rule for Admission (RFA) 3.05 that would permit qualifying third-year students to take the bar exam prior to graduation. The Oregon Supreme Court has approved the board’s recommendation and issued an order adopting the amended rule, which will be effective beginning with the February 2016 exam.
The amended rule allows a student who is in their third year of law school to sit for the bar examination in February, prior to graduation, if the student and the law school certify that the student meets and will adhere to the requirements of the amended rule. No applicant will be recommended for admission until the degree is obtained. If an applicant does not graduate in the designated time period and does not receive an extension, the exam shall be void and the score will not be released.
The amended rule also allows a student whose graduation has been delayed to obtain certification to sit for the July bar exam and complete the degree up to 120 days after the exam.
Public Member Volunteers Needed
Public members on Oregon State Bar boards and committees play a vital role by helping the Board of Governors understand the views, opinions and concerns of the public. These volunteers are an invaluable part of OSB governance and they allow a broader perspective as the bar works to support a healthy, effective justice system in Oregon.
If you have a client or friend who would be a good volunteer, or if you know other professionals through your practice that would be a good fit, please refer them to www.osbar.org/volunteer/publicmember.html to fill out a public volunteer application. Applications for volunteer work in 2016 need to be filled out by July 11.