How Does One Become a Member of the Oregon State Bar Association?


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A person can become a member of the Oregon State Bar by passing the bar exam or by submitting an application for reciprocity admission, explains the Oregon State Bar. Passing the bar exam is the primary method of admission.

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An applicant must submit an application to apply for the bar exam, states Oregon State Bar. The bar exam in Oregon is the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, or MPRE. Applicants must receive a passing score determined by Oregon jurisdiction, states the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The Board of Bar Examiners also requires a signed letter verifying an applicant's moral character, states the Oregon State Bar.

A person may apply for admission to the board without taking the bar exam, states the Oregon State Bar. To apply for reciprocity admission, an applicant must acquire 15 credit hours of Board-approved legal education, including classes on legal ethics, civil procedure and Oregon law. An applicant can also provide information to the Board on his moral character.

A lawyer of a qualifying jurisdiction may also become licensed in Oregon without passing Oregon's bar exam, notes the Oregon State Bar. Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia are qualifying jurisdictions for reciprocity with Oregon. Law teachers and house counsel can also apply for admission without taking the bar exam. The Oregon State Bar website contains all the applications in PDF form and other necessary information a person requires for applying to the State Bar Association.

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