The next scheduled Swearing-In Ceremony will be in mid-August. The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) will provide us with a list of those who have opted for diploma privilege and we will send an invitation that includes instructions on how to RSVP.
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: The next scheduled Swearing-In Ceremony will be mid-August. The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) will provide us with a list of those who have opted for diploma privilege and we will send an invitation that includes instructions on how to RSVP.
A: As of March 30, 2020, King County Superior Court has suspended walk-in ceremonies. Chief Civil Judge Regina S. Cahan is holding telephonic Oath of Attorney Ceremonies weekly for attorneys who are new Washington State Bar admittees. If you are a new law school graduate and have registered for the diploma privilege in lieu of taking the UBE, please register for the KCBA Swearing-In Ceremony in mid-August. Registration information will be updated on this page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or (206) 727-8209.
A: Approximately an hour.
A: Yes, you will have to RSVP to the KCBA Swearing-In Ceremony. Once the date has been set, invitations will be sent to those who have opted for diploma privilege. RSVP and registration instructions will be included in that invitation.
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. The Judge, the President of the KCBA Board of Trustees and possibly a keynote speaker 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.
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).