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.


Oregon State Bar October 2021 Virtual Admissions Ceremony

October 2021 Admissions Ceremony


The October 2021 Virtual Admissions Ceremony for July 2021 examinees will begin at 1:30 PM on Thursday, October 7, 2021 and will be available here. Chief Justice Martha Walters and the Oregon State Bar welcome those eligible for admission to the practice of law. While Justice Walters will lead participants in a symbolic Oath of Office, please note that the official COVID-19 oath must be submitted in writing to the court. Click here for the written oath and instructions.

Once the admissions ceremony is published, eligible applicants will be able to sign their COVID-19 Oath and deliver the Oath to the Court by mailing it to the following address: Oregon Supreme Court, 1163 State St. Salem, OR 97301. Applicants who are eligible for admission have been notified of their eligibility by the Admissions Department, if you have not been so notified, DO NOT submit your Oath to the Court.

Results were sent out on September 21, 2021 via US Mail. If you have not received your results letter yet, we will send duplicate letters on October 11, 2021. To receive a duplicate, you must send notice to admissions@osbar.org that you need a duplicate and provide your current address. However, if your name was published as passing, and you still have not received your results letter, you should contact the Admissions Department at admissions@obsar.org to determine if you will be eligible for admission after the virtual admissions ceremony.


Seeking Comment on Changes to Rules for Admission

The Oregon Board of Bar Examiners has proposed several changes to the OSB Rules for Admission, and is seeking comment on the proposals prior to presenting to the Oregon Supreme Court in November. Click here for details.


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

OMLA BAR EXAM GRANTS
February 2022 OMLA Bar Exam Grant applications are now available through November 21 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 Suraya Barbee at sbarbee@osbar.org.


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 November 15, 2021:

Allen D. Moreland, Anna C. Brunkenhoefer, Bert Y. Ma, Carina A. Uraiqat, Christopher L. Madeksho, Jonathan R. Bunn, Kathleen A. Stimeling, Matthew O. Rykels, Michael A. Alvarez, Peter M. Schneider, Rachael L. Lipinski

The following names will expire on December 6, 2021:

Aaron D. Frishman, Alexander F. Strong, Elizabeth M. Burlington, Guy B. Zimmerman, Hedi E. Bogda, Jefferson T. Michael , John Kee Park, Justin B. Cox, Justin B. Green, Kasey M. Hemphill, Matthew B. Millman, Michael V. Baronio, Rachael R. Wallace, Ryan D. Griffee, Stephanie A. Blackwell, Stephanie F. Black



Score Transfer

The following names will expire on November 15, 2021:

Adelaide H. Hardwick, Anthony J. Lee, Garett C. Cross, Jonathan J. Goldberg, Justin L. Meyer, Margaret M. Powers

The following names will expire on December 6, 2021:

Alaina E. Balyeat, Amanda S. Holder, Elijah Williams, Garrett M. Kitamura, Jennifer C. Wallace, Sam M. Cohn



House Counsel

The following names will expire on November 15, 2021:

Kevin Ralph Coulson



Rule 8.10

The following names will expire on November 15, 2021:

Jacob R. DeWilde







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
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. Kaufman, Lissa K    Member
Mr. Isaak, Misha     Member
McLeod-Skinner, Cassandra C    Member
Ms. Wong, Caroline M    Member
Ms. Perini-Abbott, Joanna T    Member
Ms. Matthews, Kendra M    Member
Mr. Warren, Ernest     Member
Mr. Hunt, Ryan     BOG Contact




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
11/19/2021
Friday
8:30AM – 12:30PM
Zoom Meeting