Updated: July 7, 2020

Admission Requirements and Lawyer Bar Exam Results

Applicants must complete all of the requirements through the online admissions site. See the New Admittee Process Instructions for more information.

After an applicant has met all the requirements for admission, the applicant will be recommended to the Washington Supreme Court for admission to the practice of law in Washington. Upon receipt of the admission Order from the Court, the WSBA will assign the new admittee a license number and send the admittee by mail a Bar card and a certificate from the Court. Applicants are not permitted to practice as a lawyer until the Court signs the Admission Order and the applicant receives the Bar card and license number.

Applicants who have passed the Washington UBE have 40 months from the date of the examination to complete the New Admittee Process and be licensed as a lawyer.  Admission by Motion and Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) Transfer applicants have one year from the date of the application submission to become licensed in Washington.

Find a group swearing-in-ceremony hosted by one of Washington's county bar associations.

Diploma Privilege Order for Summer Bar Exam

 

UPDATE June 12, 2020: The Washington Supreme Court issued an order stating “applicants for admission to practice law who are currently registered for either the Washington July or September 2020 bar examination and who have received a Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school, and applicants currently registered to take the LLLT examination scheduled for July 2020, are granted the option of receiving a diploma privilege to practice in Washington.”

Lawyer Bar Exam Applicants

Diploma privilege is available in lieu of the UBE for applicants who:

  • are currently registered for the Washington July or September 2020 UBE, and
  • have a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school.

Applicants for the Washington July or September 2020 bar exam must choose to exercise diploma privilege or to take the Uniform Bar Exam. Applicants are NOT permitted to do both.  Applicants must indicate their choice on the Online Admissions Dashboard.  For planning purposes, this must be entered by 12 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. However, applicants who have indicated that they want to take the UBE will be able to change their selection to diploma privilege instead, at any time prior to the date of the exam for which they are registered.

Applicants who take and fail the Washington July or September 2020 bar exam will not have the option to exercise diploma privilege.

Applicants exercising diploma privilege must comply with all licensing requirements prior to a recommendation for admission to the Washington Supreme Court.

The WSBA Admissions team is working with the Court to clarify some questions related to the order.  We will provide more information as soon as possible.

Diploma Privilege Frequently Asked Questions

May 20, 2020: Due to COVID-19, the Washington Supreme Court has temporarily reduced the minimum UBE passing score in Washington from 270 to 266.  The temporary modified minimum passing score will apply ONLY to applicants who sit for the July 2020 or September 2020 UBE.  In addition, applicants applying for admission by UBE score transfer from another jurisdiction, who sit for and achieve a 266 or higher on the July 2020 or September 2020 UBE, may transfer their score to Washington.  Because this change is temporary pursuant to the Court's order, the minimum score will revert to 270 beginning of with the February 2021 bar examination.

UPDATE May 13, 2020: The Uniform Bar exam will be administered in Washington on July 28 & 29 and Sept. 9 & 10, for applicants who timely submitted applications for the July Bar exam by the deadlines. The period for submitting applications has closed and the deadlines have passed. If you have applied to take the July bar exam in Washington, you do not need to submit a new application for the September exam. The exams will be administered on both dates in the Seattle/Tacoma/Everett area and the Spokane area, at specific testing sites that will be identified later, and all administrations will comply with then-existing public health guidelines.  Please see the May 13, 2020 letter from the Washington Supreme Court.  We will be working hard to provide a safe and appropriate testing setting for every applicant.  We will post any additional information as soon as it is available.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

APR 5(f) — The Washington Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the requirement that the oath be taken in open court and authorizes judges to administer the oath remotely or virtually using face-time technology. If the judge conducting the swearing-in agrees to conduct this type of process, please email the judge a signed copy of the oath form for his/her signature.  Once all parties have signed the oath form, the applicant is responsible to email a copy of the completed oath to admissions@wsba.org.  Please keep a copy for your records.

Lawyer Bar Exam Pass List

Of the 296 candidates who took the Winter 2020 Lawyer Bar Exam, 141 candidates passed the exam. Read the complete exam statistics

The passing candidates include:

Last Name, First Name, A-Z

Achille, Megan    |   Seattle, WA
Afshar, Abraham Khalil   |   Marquette, MI
Arjomand, Abdulazim    |   Bellevue, WA
Atchley, James Daniel   |   Seattle, WA
Atwal, Jagbir    |   Bonney Lake, WA
Avveduto, Rosario    |   Seattle, WA
Ayubi, Kyla Cook   |   Lynden, WA

Baals, Katherine Elizabeth   |   Seattle, WA
Barber, Emmaline Rose   |   Seattle, WA
Barros De Farias Duarte, Dayane Karla    |   Redmond, WA
Beers, Jessica    |   Fox Island, WA
Bilof, Nicholas George   |   West Vancouver, BC
Birklid, Audrey Suzanne   |   Edgewood, WA
Bommakanty, Shivani Durga   |   Mercer Island, WA
Bond, Dwight Howard   |   Colbert, WA
Boparai, Jasman    |   Seattle, WA
Bretthauer, Daniel John   |   Shelton, WA
Buchanan, Alicia Nicole   |   Nine Mile Falls, WA
Budinick, Jennifer Mae   |   Seattle, WA

Carey-Cordoba, Priscilla    |   Bellingham, WA
Carlson, Grace Edith   |   Issaquah, WA
Cen, Mengjia    |   Seattle, WA
Chan, Adrian Yick Man   |   Bellevue, WA
Chaudhery, Kamilla Aziz   |   Seattle, WA
Chen, Wan-Tzu    |   Coquitlam, BC
Cheney, Galen    |   Seattle, WA
Chou, Elaine    |   San Jose, CA
Clarridge, Reed Manugian   |   Bremerton, WA
Cole, CarolynJeanette    |   Tacoma, WA
Connolly, Alyssa Anne   |   Marysville, WA
Craig, Adrienne    |   Fort Collins, CO

Davies, Robert    |   Washington, DC

Earnest, Caitlin    |   Longview, WA

Fanelli, Shealina Ann   |   Scottsdale, AZ

Garcia, Rachel Aneesa   |   Mountain View, CA
Genschow, William Tyosh   |   Seattle, WA
Ghazvini, Milad    |   Redmond, WA
Gilleland, Amanda Kay   |   Prescott, AZ
Goodman, James D   |   Spokane, WA
Grewal, Chandnee Chelsea   |   Oklahoma City, OK
Gryphon, Catarina Ferreira   |   Seattle, WA
Gullette, Lane    |   Phoenix, AZ

Hansen, Jennifer    |   Charlotte, MI
Harvey, Maria Denise   |   Redmond, WA
Hawley, Jonathan Patrick   |   Seattle, WA
Herring, Taylor Steven   |   Arlington, WA
Holder, Amanda Sarah   |   Indian Trail, NC
Hoy, Veasna A   |   Renton, WA
Hsieh, Jenna Debbie-Marie   |   Seattle, WA
Hunsinger, Susan    |   Seattle, WA

Jacob Lopes, Ana Gabriela   |   Renton, WA
Jain, Ritu    |   Tacoma, WA
James, Vanessa    |   Olympia, WA
Jensen, William Potter   |   North Bend, WA
John, Aaron A.   |   Seattle, WA
Johnson, Laina Grace Durnal   |   Spokane, WA
Jordan, Benjamin Maxwell   |   Spokane, WA

Kageyama, Mariko    |   Seattle, WA
Kaur, Satvir    |   Moses Lake, WA
Kazempour, Sima M   |   Kirkland, WA
Kibret, Sisay B   |   Burien, WA
Kim, Jeanne    |   Vancouver, BC
Kirkbaumer, Ross Garrett   |   Seattle, WA
Kovach, Sofiia    |   Seattle, WA
Kowren, Kenneth Charles   |   Bainbridge Island, WA
Kranda, Christopher Michael   |   Medina, WA

LeTexier, Kiaya Marie Bishop   |   Spokane, WA
Li, Juan    |   Chongqing, China
Li, Lin    |   Issaquah, WA
Liu, Kevin    |   Seattle, WA
Loja Yi, Paola Alejandra   |   Lynnwood, WA

Mahoney, Jonathan Daniel   |   Seattle, WA
Maloney, Heather Lynn   |   Issaquah, WA
Manigbas, Glorioso    |   Puyallup, WA
Manzo, Yessenia Hernandez   |   Renton, WA
Marth, Christopher James   |   Redmond, WA
Mathis, Laura Esther   |   Dublin, CA
McCoy, Julie    |   Chehalis, WA
McGowan, Ryan Patrick   |   Everett, WA
Means, Katherine    |   Seattle, WA
Minogue, Camille Diane   |   Seattle, WA
Mitchell, Olivia M   |   Seattle, WA
Moore, Sean Ward   |   Seattle, WA

Naish, Linda Elizabeth   |   Mountlake Terrace, WA
Newsom, Rebecca Christina   |   Tacoma, WA
Nguyen, Vy H   |   Port Townsend, WA
Nguyen, Michael Anthoni Lee   |   Pasco, WA
Nyden, Katharine Allende   |   Seattle, WA

Ochocka, Klaudia    |   Tumwater, WA
Oh, Finis Hwang   |   Seattle, WA
Ohlinger, Kristina    |   Bothell, WA
Oldham, Eric Douglas   |   Portland, OR

Paker, Aaron D   |   Federal Way, WA
Palm, Danielle Janet   |   Liberty Lake, WA
Park, Hye Young    |   Olympia, WA
Pederson, Kayla Noel   |   Puyallup, WA
Peebles, Foster L   |   Atlanta, GA
Pepin, Marie-Andree    |   Bellevue, WA
Petrosky, Melville Lee   |   Olympia, WA
Pitts, Taylor Jeanne   |   Longview, WA
Prather, Dean    |   Bellingham, WA

Rabb, Fred McHenry   |   Seattle, WA
Raczykowski, Alissa D.   |   Spokane, WA
Reynolds, Jaclyn Marie   |   Everett, WA
Rice, Kathleen Ashley   |   Bainbridge Island, WA
Richardson, Genissa Marie   |   Bellingham, WA
Rollo, Emmanuelle Lucia   |   Seattle, WA

Saha, Rumpa    |   Bothell, WA
Sale, Amelia Lynn Marie   |   Mount Vernon, WA
Sanchez, Samantha Ann   |   Miramar, FL
Schacht, Eric Fillip   |   Tacoma, WA
Schatlo, Dlovan    |   Spokane, WA
Serns, Richard Steven   |   Winlock, WA
Sharp, Bradley Wayne   |   Spokane, WA
Sindorf, Rachel Lois   |   Mercer Island, WA
Sisti, Michelle Marie   |   Seattle, WA
Soto, Destiny    |   Spokane, WA
Southworth, McKenzie Judith   |   Ann Arbor, MI
Starosta, Rebecca Yona   |   Houston, TX
Stefanski, Rachelle Renee   |   Lynnwood, WA
Stiefel, Miriam Rose   |   Seattle, WA
Streuli, Christina Anne   |   Tumwater, WA
Swan, Madeline Dover   |   Seattle, WA
Swensen, Aaron B   |   Spokane, WA

Tan, Kristin    |   Seattle, WA
Theret, Michelle Elizabeth   |   Seattle, WA
Tierney, Adrienne Knecht   |   Mercer Island, WA
Tindall, Tyre Lewis   |   Edmonds, WA
Tocheny, Laura E   |   Langley, WA
Tsai, Beverly    |   Seattle, WA

Vanderpol, David K   |   Tukwila, WA

Wagoner, Katrina Tiffany   |   Temecula, CA
Wang, Yanfei    |   Edmonds, WA
Wheeler, Quinlan Jamere   |   Seattle, WA
Williams, Clinton Todd   |   Wenatchee, WA
Wilson, Heather Marie   |   Bonney Lake, WA
Wolfe, Joseph    |   Seattle, WA
Wormus, Freya Rachel   |   Seattle, WA

Yadav, Abigail Nicola   |   Seattle, WA
Yealmai, Raofa    |   Hillsboro, OR

Zahm, Shannon    |   Las Vegas, NV

 

 

Please Note : All applicants are subject to a character and fitness review prior to being admitted to practice law in Washington.  Factors considered by Admissions staff and Bar Counsel when determining whether an applicant should be referred to the Character and Fitness Board are set forth in Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rules (APR)  20-24.2(a). 

Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington Supreme Court, or the Bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, Bylaws and policies.