New Admittees

Next Ceremony: April 25, 2019

General Questions

A: We hold two formal swearing-in ceremonies every year, one in April and one in September. Our next ceremony will be on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Registration for this event will open soon. If you need to be sworn-in now or cannot make that time, there is more information on walk-in ceremonies below.

A: Chief Civil Judge Julie Spector holds walk-in ceremonies every Friday at 1:30 pm in Courtroom W-325 of the King County Courthouse. Just bring your Oath of Attorney form for the Judge to sign. You do not need to sign-up to attend this ceremony. For questions please email Judge Spector's bailiff at

A: Make sure you’ve completed all the steps outlined by WSBA. Once you’ve completed that process it can take several weeks to receive your bar card. Any questions about this process should be directed to WSBA at; or (206) 727-8209.

KCBA Swearing-In Ceremonies

A: Approximately an hour.

A: King County Courthouse, 516 3rd Ave., Room E-942.

A: Yes, please use the REGISTER ONLINE button at the top of this page. We have limited space and usually our ceremonies fill up. We cannot guarantee you or your guests a seat if you did not RSVP.

A: Professional attire is required for attorneys -- you are taking a solemn oath as an officer of the Court! Just as the judge wears his or her judicial robe, attorneys must also dress appropriately: jackets and ties for men; suits or dresses for women. Your guests are not required to wear professional attire, but their attire should likewise show respect to the Court.

A: Nothing! We will have an Oath with your name on it. Just stop by our check-in table on the way to your seat and sign it. After the Judge signs them, we will take them to WSBA.

A: We understand that your loved ones want to share this special day with you, but space is limited and we want to ensure that your fellow admittees have seats for their loved ones too. So please try to respect the guest limit.

A: Presiding Judge Laura Inveen will give the opening remarks. Then a special guest speaker, the KCBA President, and a board member of the Young Lawyers Division will each give an address. After which each admittee will be recognized individually (either by special presenters or asked to stand briefly). Finally, all admittees will stand together and recite the Oath.

A: You and your guests are welcome to take pictures throughout the ceremony. Afterwards, you can get your picture taken with Judge Inveen using your own camera. In addition, we will also have a professional photographer taking pictures that you can order. You will get an email when her pictures are uploaded. We encourage all new admittees to pose for a professional photo with the presiding judge; you don't need to decide if you wish to purchase until you get the email with additional informtion.

Joining KCBA

A: Immediately! You do not need to wait for your bar card to join KCBA. You can join here.

A: Only $50 your first year (join now and you’ll be good through June 30, 2019). 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).

A: Contact our membership department at