Virtual Swearing-In Ceremony Held for Bar Passers

The Michigan Supreme Court and State Bar of Michigan welcomed more than 125 participants in a first-of-its kind virtual mass swearing-in ceremony on May 15, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bar passers were given this unique opportunity to be sworn in by Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, upon a motion presented by State Bar of Michigan President Dennis Barnes.


The day also included virtual receptions hosted by several local bars, and a virtual reception and showcase of affinity bars was held a week later.

Next Steps

If you participated in the swearing-in ceremony, there are a few more steps you need to complete. Please type or write your name on this Order of Admission form, and print and sign it. Mail the signed Order and the statutory filing fee of $25.00 (please submit a check or money order payable to the “Michigan Supreme Court Clerk”) to:

Michigan Supreme Court
Chief Justice McCormack
P.O. Box 30052
Lansing, MI 48909

The Order of Admission will be filed on your behalf with the Supreme Court Clerk and with the State Bar of Michigan.

Lastly, complete the State Bar of Michigan’s online Membership Application by creating an account as a Prospective New Active Attorney or Prospective New Voluntary Inactive Attorney and pay the required license fee. After the application, payment, and executed order of admission from the Court are received, applicants will receive an email with their license number (P number) and other important information. Attorneys are eligible to practice law in Michigan upon receiving their P number. Bar cards are issued only to active attorneys and are sent by mail 10-15 business days after the email assigning a P number.

Affinity Bar Showcase

A virtual reception and showcase of affinity bars was held on Friday, May 22, 2020, and can be watched here.


Leaders and young lawyers from some of Michigan’s most prominent cultural affinity bars participated: