2017 Swearing-In Ceremony
Monday, June 12
The ceremony will take place on Monday, June 12, 2017. All applicants must report to the Court by 8:00am.
The morning will include breakfast and the swearing-in ceremony, followed by a lecture about the U.S. Supreme Court, the history of the building, and the architecture of the courtroom. If you would like to participate in the ceremony, please follow all of the steps listed below.
To qualify for admission, alumni applicants must have been admitted to practice in the highest court of a State, Commonwealth, Territory or Possession, or the District of Columbia for a period of at least three years immediately before the date of application; must not have been the subject of any adverse disciplinary action pronounced or in effect during that 3-year period; and must appear to the Court to be of good moral and professional character.
How to Apply:
- Reserve your place as one of the 50 alumni participating in the ceremony. Submitting the form of intent does not guarantee a reserved space for the 2017 ceremony. All submissions will be confirmed via email with instructions for completing the application process. When the event is at maximum capacity, a waiting list will be formed and you will be notified.
- Complete the Bar Application. Applications must be typed. Applications with hand-written data will not be accepted by the Court. Each applicant must have the endorsement of two sponsors. Both sponsors must be members of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and personally know, but not be related to, the applicant. Both endorsement signatures must be originals and appear on a single submitted application. Sponsors are not required to appear in Court on the day of the swearing-in.
- Applicants must complete, sign and date the Oath of Admission section of the application.
- The swearing-in ceremony will take place in open court. Do not complete the written Motion For Admission section of the application.
- Provide a certificate from the clerk, presiding judge, or other authorized official of the highest Court of a State, Commonwealth, Territory or Possession, or the District of Columbia, evidencing the fact that you have been a member in good standing of the Bar of such for a period of at least three years immediately before the date of application. Do not submit a Bar Association certificate in place of the clerk's certificate, or a duplicate of a certificate of good standing.
- Send a $200 check (post-dated to May 8, 2017) made payable to the "Supreme Court of the United States", with all of the materials mentioned above to:
Harvard Law School
Attn: Pete Mumma
1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
A completed application includes the Bar Application, a Certificate of Good Standing, and a check for $200 (note: checks may not be cashed prior to six weeks before the event). If all materials are not received by the deadline, you will be unable to participate in the ceremony.
Questions? Please contact Pete Mumma, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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