Photograph: Washburn Law alumni and faculty sworn-in at the 2019 United States Supreme Court Bar Swearing-in.

U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-In

Admission to the United States Supreme Court Bar

Washburn University School of Law alumni and faculty were sworn into the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, June 10, 2019, during open court. The fifteen admittees and their guests celebrated with a lunch, a tour of the U.S. Capitol, and a reception with Washington, D.C. area alumni. See photos from the event.

Washburn Law anticipates that the next swearing-in opportunity for its alumni will be in 2021.


Qualifications for Admission

There are two ways to gain admission to the Supreme Court:

Open Court Admission

In this admission, the applicant is presented in court on June 10, 2019, during a special session.

Admittees must send the following to the Washburn Law Alumni Office by April 19, 2019:

  • Application for Admission to Practice (411 KB PDF) (see also Instructions for Admission to the Bar (25 KB PDF)).
    • Endorsements of two sponsors (see Application for Admission) who are members of the Supreme Court Bar who know the applicant personally and are not related to the applicant by blood or marriage. (Washburn Law can assist you with this requirement.)
  • Certificate of Good Standing from the presiding judge, clerk, or authorized official of the highest court of a State, Commonwealth, Territory or Possession, or of the District of Columbia evidencing the fact that the admittee has been a member of the Bar of such court for three years.
  • Washburn Law Registration Form (54 KB PDF)
    • An optional activity on Tuesday, June 11, is a tour of the White House. If multiple individuals in your party will participate in the White House tour, please print and complete the "White House Tour" section of the registration form for each individual.
  • Washburn Law Event Registration Fee ($350 per person; check payable to Washburn Law Alumni Association or provide credit card details on registration form).
  • U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-in Fee ($200 for admittee; checks only accepted, made payable to Supreme Court of the United States and dated June 10, 2019). Credit card payment not available for the Swearing-in Fee.

Washburn Law is limited to 25 alumni determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Each admittee may bring one guest into the courtroom to witness the ceremony. Additional guests may be allowed at the discretion of the Court.

Written Motion Admission

If you are unable to attend, you may be admitted by written motion. Graduates can file a completed application directly with the U.S. Supreme Court Clerk's Office. The certificate is mailed directly to the applicant. There is no quota on the number of graduates who can apply for admission by written motion.

Short URL for this page:
http://washburnlaw.edu/swearingin

D.C. Area Attractions

We encourage attendees to visit other attractions in the D.C. area during their trip, time permitting.

The National Mall and Memorial Parks
See the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall and many other attractions. The National Mall is open 24 hours a day.

The Smithsonian
The Smithsonian museums and zoo on The National Mall and in the D.C. Metro Area all offer free admission and are open daily.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families.

Mount Vernon
See the home of America’s first president, George Washington, just a short drive from Washington D.C. See mountvernon.org for details.

Photograph: Bryan Walker, Class of 2010.

"Being admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States with fellow Washburn Law alumni was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From having three of the justices take turns to meet with our group, to the exciting group activities around Washington, D.C., I will always remember that day fondly." – Bryan Walker, '10