State Bar Admission Ceremony Information

Save the Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 4:00pm PST

More details will be available soon.

 

 

Past Ceremony Information:

Last year’s virtual California Bar Swearing-In Ceremony took place at 4:00pm PST on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

You may view a recording of the ceremony here.

 

Feel free to download this Swearing In Zoom Background.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Where do I find information about my exam results, admission status, and Swearing-In? 

A: For more information, please visit the State Bar of California website

Q:  What if I lost my State Bar packet?

A:  You can pick up or request 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
415-538-2300
e-mail: admsf@calbar.ca.gov.

Q: What does Berkeley Law need from me to be sworn in on January 27th?

A: Your completed and signed State Bar oath card (name, address, telephone number, and law school) must be received by Berkeley Law no later than  Monday February 15th, 2021. Please note you can mail in your oath card before the ceremony takes place. Please date your oath card January 27, 2021. Please send your oath card to:

Erin Dineen
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley Law
224 Law Building
Berkeley, CA 94720

Please use black ink only and write legibly. Berkeley Law will mail the signed cards into the California State Bar office 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:  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: 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: https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/attorneys/admission

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 via the YouTube or Facebook livestream. 

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

A: Yes. As long as you have your oath card from the State Bar packet, you can mail it to: 

Erin Dineen
University of California, Berkeley
224 Law Building
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200

We will get it signed and sent in for you with the rest of the oath cards from this ceremony. 

Q:  When will I receive my Bar number?

A: We will submit all of the oath cards for those who take part in our ceremony,  to Justice Streeter for him to sign, on February 17th 2021. He will sign them and then send them to the California Bar Office. It will take several weeks before the Bar processes all of the oath cards from all of the swearing-in ceremonies.  If you have further questions, please contact the Bar directly. Here is some information which may help: https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/documents/admissions/gbx/Enrollment-Information-201707.pdf

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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A Note from the Career Development Office

The Career Development Office thanks the 2020 J.D. graduates who filled out their Graduate Employment Survey (GES).  If you haven’t yet, can you please take a couple of minutes to input your graduate employment information here.

Our accreditor, the ABA, requires that we provide them with the information that the GES asks (without any information that would individually identify you).  We also report it (in aggregate form only) to the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and a few other national surveying entities to provide a complete national legal employment picture. 

 Your responses will also help us channel information to you about your specific employer or chosen law firm market.  They will also enable us to improve upon the advice we give to students and alums in the future. 

 IF YOU ARE A J.D. GRADUATE AND ARE STILL ON THE JOB MARKET and haven’t yet talked to anyone in the CDO about your job search recently, please contact us at career@law.berkeley.edu.  Remember that the CDO’s services are always available to you at any time in the future as an alum.