New Admittees

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

Q: When is your next swearing-in ceremony?
A: The next scheduled Swearing-In Ceremony will be in the spring of 2021, following the release of the results of the WSBA Winter Bar Exam.

Q: How else can I get sworn-in?
A: As of 3/30/2020, the King County Superior Court has suspended walk-in ceremonies. 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 this website. 

Q: How long is the KCBA ceremony?
A: The KCBA Virtual Swearing-In Ceremony is approximately 30 minutes.

Q: What does the ceremony entail?
A: The Judge, President of the KCBA Board of Trustees and the Chair of the KCBA Young Lawyers Division will say a few words, welcoming you to the practice of law. The Judge will then recite the oath.

Joining KCBA

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

Q: How much does it cost to join KCBA?
A: If the state of Washington is the first state bar you have been admitted to, dues are only $50 through June 30, 2021. Your dues also include membership into two of KCBA’s sections ($80 value) and your choice of chapter from the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual ($75 value).

Q: What if I’ve been admitted previously to another state?
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.

Q: Why should I join KCBA as a new admittee?
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).

Q: Additional questions?
A: Contact our membership department at