The next Swearing-In Ceremony will be conducted virtually at 3 PM, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Please register using the link below, by noon, on April 20. A link and instructions will be sent to you prior to the virtual ceremony.
Register Online - April 21, 2020
If you have not already received an Oath of Attorney form from us, or need a new one, please download below, sign and return to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Oath of Attorney - last name”.
If you need to be sworn-in earlier, or cannot make the KCBA hosted event, there is more information on individual telephonic ceremonies below.
Swearing-in ceremonies are organized by KCBA to recognize one of the most important milestones that a new lawyer reaches: having a judicial officer administer the oath of attorney. Below are several specific questions and answers about the ceremonies. For a general overview, please read the article "Finding the Fountain of Youth Through New Admittees" that first appeared in the May 2019 KCBA Bar Bulletin. View photos from past ceremonies from the menu bar on the right side of this page.
A: A special “virtual” Swearing-In Ceremony will take place at 3:00pm on Tuesday, April 21. Click on the “Register Online – April 21, 2020” button near the top of this page. If you need to be sworn-in now or cannot make this KCBA hosted event, there is more information on alternative swearing-in opportunities below.
A: As of 3/30/20, King County Superior Court has suspended walk-in ceremonies at this time. However, Chief Civil Judge Regina S. Cahan is now holding telephonic Oath of Attorney Ceremonies at 3:30pm on Thursdays. For more information on how to complete your Oath of Attorney and get sworn-in, please visit www.kingcounty.gov/courts/superior-court/directory/judges/cahan.aspx.
A: Make sure you’ve completed all the steps outlined by Washington State Bar Association (WSBA). Once you’ve completed that process it may take several weeks to receive your bar card. Any questions about this process should be directed to WSBA at email@example.com; or (206) 727-8209.
A: Approximately an hour.
A: Yes. We will send you instructions on how to join the virtual ceremony.
A: For the April 21, 2020 virtual Oath of Admission Ceremony, only the judge will be seen on the screen.
A: We are still finalizing the program with the hopes of having a keynote speaker. The Judge will recite the oath. You must sign and email the Oath of Attorney to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have the judge sign the oaths and they will be delivered to WSBA offices.
A: Immediately! You do not need to wait for your bar card to join KCBA. You can join here.
A: As a new Admittee, dues are only $50 for your first year. You will also get two free sections ($80 value) and your choice of chapter from the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual ($75 value).
A: Dues are as low as $95 – plus you’re still eligible for the two free sections and the free chapter of the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual.
A: We want to help you navigate your new career! You will automatically be a part of our Young Lawyers Division, which dedicates itself to organizing events geared specifically towards new attorneys. This includes free monthly happy hours (perfect for making important connections), free monthly CLEs (learn what you weren’t taught in school), and opportunities to meet local lawyers in a more relaxed setting (Trivia Night, 5K Fun Run, non-law related community volunteer projects).