Photograph: Washburn Law alumni with Chief Justice John Roberts at the 2015 United States Supreme Court Bar Swearing-in.

U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-In 2019

Admission to the United States Supreme Court Bar
Washington, D.C.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Washburn University School of Law invites its graduates to become members of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in open court on June 10, 2019 during our eighth swearing-in ceremony.

The information below relates to the Washburn Law's 2017 swearing-in.
Details for the 2019 swearing-in will be available late 2018/early2019.

(note that the fall 2017 Washburn Lawyer lists the incorrect date for the next swearing-in)

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 April 3, 2017, during a special session.

Admittees must send the following to the Washburn Law Alumni Office by February 6, 2017:

  • 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 (13 KB PDF)
  • Washburn Law Event Registration Fee ($300 per person; check payable to Washburn Law Alumni Association or provid 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 April 3, 2017).

Washburn Law is limited to 50 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.

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 3, 2017 (Transportation will be provided for all of the events.)

  • 8:00 a.m.: Arrive at U.S. Supreme Court for security clearance. Breakfast provided.
  • 10:00 a.m.: Swearing-In Ceremony
  • 10:30 a.m.: Reception with Supreme Court justices and group photographs. Depending on the argument schedule, this reception may be followed by a short tour of the Courtroom.
  • 12:00 p.m.: Lunch at The Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square.
  • 2:30 p.m. (approximately): Tour of the U.S. Capitol.
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Reception for all participants and their guests, along with D.C. area Washburn Law alumni at 701 Restaurant.

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Other D.C. Area Attractions

While Monday, April 3, 2017, will be packed with activities surrounding the Swearing-In Ceremony, we encourage you to visit other attractions in the D.C. area during your trip.

The White House
Self-guided tours of the White House are available Tuesdays through Thursdays from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tour requests must be made through one's member of Congress up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. A limited number of spaces are available.

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.

National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival opens in late March 2017 and goes into early April. The Blossom Kite Festival is April 1, and the parade is April 8.

The Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals baseball team will host the Miami Marlins on April 5 and 6 at Nationals Park.

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

Lynn McCreary, '94, talks about her 2008 U.S. Supreme Court Bar Swearing-In and encourages Washburn Law graduates to attend the 2017 ceremony (YouTube; 1 minute, 20 seconds).