Bar Passers Have Several Options for Virtual Swearing-In Ceremonies

Updated November 20, 2020 

After passing the Michigan bar exam, it’s time to be sworn in

Several local bar associations are planning virtual swearing-in ceremonies in November 2020 to safely welcome new attorneys to the practice of law during the pandemic. The Michigan Supreme Court and State Bar of Michigan have teamed up to host a virtual statewide event, as well.  

You also have the option to arrange your own swearing-in with any circuit court in the state. There is no requirement to participate in a mass ceremony, simply a requirement to be sworn in before you apply for your law license from the State Bar of Michigan.

If you do wish to participate in a mass ceremony, please note that you may choose only one. We encourage you, however, to attend any of the virtual welcome receptions associated with the local swearing-in ceremonies in communities where you may be practicing. At these receptions, you will meet local judges, prominent attorneys, bar leaders, and other young lawyers. Please watch for email invitations from local bar associations to attend their receptions.

The following organizations will host virtual swearing-in ceremonies in the coming weeks: 

Washtenaw County Bar Association 

Michigan Supreme Court and State Bar of Michigan 

  • November 30 at 2 p.m. via Zoom before Chief Justice Bridget McCormack 
  • Registration for this event is now closed. Confirmation emails explaining next steps will be sent to participants the week before the event.

Several local events have now passed: The Macomb County Bar Association (November 10), Detroit Bar Association (November 12), Oakland County Bar Association (November 13), Grand Rapids Bar Association (November 19), Genesee County Bar Association (November 19), and Kalamazoo Circuit Court (November 20).

You can read more about what to do after you’ve passed the bar exam here. If you have any questions, please email