The Supervised Practice Portfolio Examination (SPPE) is a new pathway to becoming a licensed attorney in Oregon in addition to the traditional bar exam.
Approved by the Oregon Supreme Court in November 2023, this new model of exam will allow applicants to work in supervised apprenticeship settings following graduation from law school. They would then submit a portfolio of work to be examined by the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners (BBX) for admission to the OSB. This assessment will be an option for graduates of ABA-accredited law schools beginning in May 2024.
In developing the SPPE, the Board of Bar Examiners examined other jurisdictions that offer multiple licensure pathways. The foremost guiding principle in development has been to ensure that the new examinations protect legal consumers by adequately measuring applicants' competence to practice law while not placing unnecessary or inequitable barriers to licensure.
Please see SPPE Resources for further information.
Uniform Bar Exam
The OSB will continue to offer the Oregon Bar Exam, which will allow applicants to receive a portable Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) score accepted in other jurisdictions.
The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), which administers the Uniform Bar Exam in conjunction with the OSB, is in the process creating a “NextGen Bar Exam.” The new exam will also place greater emphasis on practical skills testing to effectively and equitably assess the competence of bar applicants. The Oregon Board of Bar Examiners expects to recommend to the Oregon Supreme Court that Oregon be one of the first jurisdictions to offer the NextGen Bar Exam in July 2026. The NCBE will then transition to the new model over a three-year phase-in period. More information is available at https://nextgenbarexam.ncbex.org.