Taking the attorney's oath is not just a ritual. It is required for admission to practice law in California.
You may take the oath at an in-person or virtual group swearing-in ceremony organized by your law school, local bar association, or through another group. If you are unable to attend such a ceremony, you may need to arrange to take the oath one-on-one with an authorized official (see instructions below).
Please note, you cannot be sworn in before your certification for admission has been accepted by the Supreme Court of California and without having received your registration card.
Due to COVID-19 and to adhere to current health advice and to ensure safety for all, in-person admission ceremonies have been canceled until further notice.
If you have met all of the requirements and have received your oath packet, you can swear in virtually. Please follow these guidelines:
The State Bar of California Attorney Regulation 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Important note: California notaries public cannot administer the attorney's oath virtually, they can only administer the oath in person.
If you are unable to attend a group swearing-in ceremony, you may request an authorized official to swear you in. Below are the officials in California authorized to administer the oath. During the COVID-19 pandemic, if you are requesting that an official administer the oath virtually, you must confirm that they are authorized to do so.
If you currently live outside of California, it is not necessary for you to return to take the attorney’s oath. An affidavit taken in a foreign country to be used in California may be taken before an ambassador, minister, consul, vice-consul, or consular agent of the United States or before any judge of a court of record having a seal in such foreign country. (Code Civ. Proc. § 2014.)
When an affidavit is taken before a judge or a court in another state or in a foreign country, the genuineness of the signature of the judge, the existence of the court, and the fact that such judge is a member thereof must be certified by the clerk of the court, under the seal thereof. (Code Civ. Proc. § 2015.) Affidavits and oaths made by military personnel are governed by California Civ. Code section 1183.5.
Questions? Submit an inquiry in your Applicant Portal.