New Admittees

Register Online - 11:00 AM October 21, 2020

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.

General Questions

A: The next scheduled Swearing-In Ceremony will take place at 11:00am on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Click the “Register Online – October 21, 2020” button near the top of this page.


A: As of March 30, 2020, King County Superior Court suspended walk-in ceremonies. Due to the large number of those who have passed the bar exam, Chief Civil Judge Regina S. Cahan is requesting you utilize the King County Bar Association Swearing-In Ceremony. The Court does not have the administrative ability to properly handle a large group of incoming attorneys.


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 admissions@wsba.org; or (206) 727-8209.


A: Approximately an hour.


A: Yes, you will have to RSVP for the KCBA Swearing-In Ceremony. The link to register is located near the top of this page. You will receive further details via email.


A: There is not specific dress code for our Virtual Swearing-In Ceremonies. Only the administering Judge will be seen on the webcast.


A: Prior to the ceremony, you must sign and send the Oath of Attorney to KCBA (membership@kcba.org). The Judge, the President of the KCBA Board of Trustees, and the Chair of KCBA Young Lawyers Division will say a few words. The Judge will then recite the oath (you will not have to be on camera). KCBA will have the Judge sign the oaths and they will be delivered to WSBA offices.



Joining KCBA


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).


A: Contact our membership department at membership@kcba.org.