Swearing-In Ceremony

Wednesday, June 6 5 – 8 p.m.

Kendrick Hall - KN 100 - Classroom

You are cordially invited to the University of San Francisco School of Law swearing-in ceremony and reception for USF School of Law graduates who passed the California bar exam. We are honored to welcome Judge Benjamin T. Reyes II `92 who will preside over the swearing-in ceremony.

Schedule


5 p.m. - Registration in Kendrick Hall Room 100 and completion of required employment survey
6 p.m. - Ceremony
7 to 8 p.m. - Reception in Kendrick Hall Rotunda

Questions? Email Kelsee Levey at kllevey@usfca.edu or call (415) 422-5406.

Please read the instructions below thoroughly and RSVP by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 4.


 

SWEARING-IN CEREMONY REGISTRATION - 5 p.m., Kendrick Hall, Room 100
Alumni will meet in Kendrick Hall before proceeding as a group to the ceremony. Friends and family should proceed directly to the 6 p.m. ceremony. You must bring your State Bar of California registration card, as you cannot be sworn without it (this will be mailed to you by the State Bar of California). Alumni will also need to complete an employment survey to participate, which the Office of Career Planning staff will provide to you during registration. Please arrive promptly at 5 p.m.

SWEARING-IN CEREMONY - 6 p.m. 

RECEPTION - Immediately following the ceremony, Kendrick Hall Rotunda

  

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Will I be sworn into the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California?
A: Yes.

Q: What paperwork do I need to bring?
A: State Bar of California: You must bring your State Bar of California Registration Card. (This will be mailed to you). If you forget it, you can participate in the ceremony, but you will not be sworn in. Complete the registration card in its entirety and sign it. If you do not complete the registration card fully or sign it, it will be returned to you for completion, which will delay your enrollment. The Office of Career Planning will collect these cards from you during registration, get them signed and sealed, and deliver them to the State Bar of California. It will take several weeks before the State Bar can process all of the registration cards from all of the ceremonies in California. Allow one to two weeks, then check Attorney Search at www.calbar.ca.gov to confirm your enrollment and obtain your bar number.

Northern District: Petitions for Bar Membership need to be submitted electronically at www.cand.uscourts.gov/attyadmission after you are assigned a California State Bar number. Please follow the admissions procedure steps and submit all information electronically (with the appropriate fee) directly to the district court. A judge does not have to sign these forms, and you will not need to bring any paperwork to the Swearing-In Ceremony.

Q: I will have already been sworn in by that date. Can I still attend?
A: Yes! Please come. Because you will not be submitting your registration card, the oath-taking will be only be ceremonial. But your name will be read, and you’ll be able to join your classmates for the ceremony and reception. We would like to have as many of you attend as possible. Your professors, the staff, and your classmates are looking forward to offering their congratulations. We are very proud of your accomplishment.

Q: I have passed the California Bar exam, but have not yet finalized my other Bar requirements. Can I still attend?
A: Yes! Please come. Because you will not be submitting your registration card, the oath-taking will be only be ceremonial. But your name will be read, and you’ll be able to join your classmates for the ceremony and reception. We would like to have as many of you attend as possible. Your professors, the staff, and your classmates are looking forward to offering their congratulations. We are very proud of your accomplishment.

Q: How should I dress?
A: Business and business casual attire are appropriate. Most graduates wear business attire.

Q: How long does the ceremony last?
A: Approximately one hour.

Q: What can I expect during the reception?
A: The reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Kendrick Hall rotunda. We will have light appetizers and champagne. We understand that many of you will make dinner plans, but you are still encouraged to attend the reception, if only for a little while.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of guests that may attend?
A: No. Feel free to invite as many friends, family members, coworkers, supervisors, etc. as you would like.

Q: Where and when do I check in? What do I have to do?
A: Registration will be in room 100 in Kendrick Hall. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. We will collect your State Bar of California Registration Cards from you at that time. We also have some limited paperwork you are required to review and complete in order to participate in the ceremony, including a mandatory employment survey. School of Law staff will escort you and your classmates as a group to the ceremony at around 5:50 p.m. Please arrive promptly at 5 p.m.

Q: Where can my guests park?
A: Limited parking will be available in the parking structure below Kendrick Hall. No permit is needed for the Kendrick parking garage. As you know, parking is always a challenge, please have your guests plan ahead. Your guests should go directly to the ceremony.

Q: How do I RSVP?
A: Registration will be available the day following the February bar exam results.

Q: I cannot attend the ceremony. Where can I find out more information about getting sworn in?
A: See the links section below if you cannot attend our ceremony. The State Bar of California will be sending you additional information.

Q: Can my friend from another law school get sworn in at the USF ceremony?
A: Unfortunately, no. The link below from the State Bar of California has information about other ceremonies that will be conducted around the state.

Note: If you or your guests require accommodations for any conditions that may prevent you from ascending the stairs at St. Ignatius or for any other reason, please contact our office as soon as possible.

The School of Law is looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, June 6!

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