Berkeley Law Development & Alumni Relations offers this annual event to graduates who have passed the CA State Bar to commemorate their accomplishment. Participation is optional for becoming sworn in to the CA State Bar. The event takes place in early December and is free to graduates and their guests.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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: https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/attorneys/admission
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 mail them (via certified mail) 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 calbar.ca.gov 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: Yes, but 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.
A Note from the Career Development Office
The Career Development Office thanks the 2021 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember that the CDO’s services are always available to you at any time in the future as an alum.