What is a Swearing-in Ceremony?

September 20, 2019

What is a Swearing-in Ceremony?

After passing the California bar exam, JD graduates attend a swearing-in ceremony where they are officially accepted into the State Bar of California. During the ceremony, a practicing attorney makes a motion to have the graduate admitted to the bar. Often, the attorney is a mentor or relative of the graduate, though not always. Once the graduate has taken an oath, the judge grants the motion and formally admits them to the bar. 

To see a swearing-in ceremony firsthand, watch the video below of Emilia Carbajal taking her attorney’s oath.

 

                                         

 

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