State Bar Admission Ceremony Information

Graduates who passed the California bar exam in July come back to campus for the annual swearing-in ceremony each December.

This year’s event:

Thursday, December 12, 2019, in Chevron Auditorium at the International House
3:30 p.m.:  Registration begins (NOTE: In order to be sworn in to the California Bar, you MUST bring your completed oath card to the registration desk.)
4:00 p.m.:  Ceremony, Chevron Auditorium
5:00 p.m.:  Reception for alumni, family and friends

Please RSVP by December 5, 2019

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Q:  What if I forgot my State Bar packet?

A:  Unfortunately the ceremony today will not be valid for the State Bar if you do not have your State Bar oath card. Feel free to take the oath today, but you will need to follow the directions in your Bar packet on how to get your oath card signed.

You can also take the oath for the U.S. District Court today.  You just need to complete the paperwork and send it in, with the appropriate fees, to that court.

Q:  What if I lost my State Bar packet?

A:  You can pick up another packet at the State Bar of California Office of Admissions in San Francisco.  For your convenience, their contact information is included here:

Office of Admissions
The State Bar of California
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA  94105

Q:  What do you need from me today?

A:  Just your State Bar oath card completed with your name, address, telephone number, date of birth, and law school.  We will take care of getting it signed and returned to the State Bar for you.

Q:  I don’t want to be sworn in to the U.S. District Court.  Do I have to participate?

A:  Being sworn in to the U.S. District Court is optional.  

Q: How do I apply for admission to the U.S. District Court?

A: You need to electronically submit a Petition for Bar Membership, with appropriate fee, directly to that court. You will need to wait until you receive your State Bar number. That form and more information can be found here:

Q:  I already went through this ceremony for the State Bar.  I am just here for the U.S. District Court oath.  Is that OK?

A:  Of course.  That means that you already gave your State Bar oath card to someone at the other ceremony.  

Q:  I did not graduate from Berkeley Law.  Can I participate in this ceremony anyway?

A:  We are very sorry, but this ceremony is for Berkeley Law graduates only.  You are more than welcome to watch, and join us at the reception following the ceremony.

Q: I did graduate from Berkeley Law, but I did not preregister. Can I still participate?

A: Yes. As long as you brought your oath card from the State Bar packet, we will get it signed and sent in for you with the rest of the oath cards from this ceremony. If you did not bring your oath card, you are still welcome to participate, but you will need to follow the directions in your Bar packet on how to get your oath card officially signed.

Q:  When will I receive my Bar number?

A:  We will submit all of the oath cards to the California State Bar office in San Francisco on Wednesday.  It will take several weeks before the Bar can process all of the oath cards from all of the ceremonies this week.  If you have further questions, please contact the Bar directly.

Q:  I have filled out my oath card in another ink other than black, is it still valid?

A:  According to the membership office of the Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, the oath cards are ordinarily still accepted. However, make sure not to fill the form in pencil or a conspicuous color as there have been instances that recipients have been asked to re-fill the form appropriately, which prolongs the process.

For more information, see this pdf from the State Bar website.


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