State Bar Swearing-In Ceremony Information

Lawyers raising their hands for swearing in oath

Past Ceremony Information

Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 5:00pm PST
Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law

4:30 pm: Doors Opened
5:00 pm: Ceremony
5:30 pm: Reception

Presided over the Swearing-In Ceremony:
Associate Justice Jon B. Streeter ’81, California Court of Appeal, 1st District
Judge Trina Thompson ’86, United States District Court Northern District of California

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Nicole Ozer ’03 offered congratulatory remarks.



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

A: Those who took the July 2022 exam will be notified on November 10 of their results. For more information, please visit the State Bar of California website. 

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

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

Q: When will I receive my Bar number?

A: For all cards submitted at the event, we will obtain the presiding judge’s signature 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 or would like to track the progress of your Bar number, allow for 30 days and then check Attorney Search at to confirm your enrollment and obtain your bar number.

Q: I have not passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). Can I attend the ceremony?

A: You cannot be sworn in if you have not passed the MPRE. You are welcome to attend with your classmates and guests for celebratory purposes only. Find more information about the MPRE here. All questions concerning application materials, the administration, processing and/or grading of this examination should be directed to the NCBE.

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

Still have questions? Please contact Kara Snider at

A Note from the Career Development Office

The Career Development Office would like to thank the Class of 2022 J.D. graduates who have already completed 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 STILL ON THE JOB HUNT, and would like to talk to someone in the CDO about your post-graduation job search, please contact us at Remember that the CDO’s services are always available to you at any time in the future as an alum.