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Georgia Bar Exam
Congratulations on recently passing the Georgia Bar Examination and to those eligible for admission on Motion without examination. If you have a current Certificate of Eligibility for Admission to the Practice of Law in Georgia issued by the Office of Bar Admissions, you are now eligible for admission to the practice of law in Georgia. As an applicant, you may choose any county in Georgia in which to be sworn in and formally admitted.
Should you choose Fulton County to be sworn-in; the mass swearing in ceremony will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015. The Honorable, Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua will preside. The service will take place in the Assembly Hall, located at Fulton County Government Center on 141 Pryor Street at 10:00 a.m.; however, you should plan to arrive around 9:30 a.m. to check in before the ceremony begins. Family and friends are welcome to attend and you are not required to have a sponsor to represent you.
Swear in Ceremony
If you desire to be sworn in at this ceremony, your original Certificate of Eligibility must be received in this office no later than 5:00p.m, Monday, June 8th, 2015. If you have an uncommon name, please provide a phonetic pronunciation of your name printed directly on your Certificate of Eligibility.
We strongly suggest that you contact our office several days prior to the ceremony to ensure that your certificate has been received. We also recommend that you request for a recipient's signature upon delivery, should you choose to mail your certificate. You may also personally deliver your original certificate of eligibility to our office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
We are located at:
Cathelene "Tina" Robinson, Clerk of Superior Court
Attention: Nicholas F. Cotten/Bar Admission
136 Pryor Street, SW, Suite C-151
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Due to the large number of applicants that will be sworn in, there will be no individual oaths administered in Fulton County from May 22, 2015 through June 15, 2015. Should this present an inconvenience for you, please contact another county within the State of Georgia to be sworn in. Please direct all questions to Nicholas F. Cotten at 404-613-4217 or via email to Nicholas Cotten, or the customer assistance desk at 404-613-5313/5314. Should you choose to not participate in the mass ceremony, you are responsible for scheduling your own individual ceremony and completing the necessary provisions needed to take an independent oath.
Schedule a Time
Contact a Fulton County Superior Court Judge, schedule a time and date to be sworn in and email copies of your certificate of eligibility, driver's license and the specifics of your ceremony to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours prior to your confirmed swearing in date (this is a mandatory time frame). On the day of your swearing in, please report to the Clerk's office at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time with your original certificate and you will be escorted to the judge's chambers.
If you reside out of state and wish to be sworn in by proxy, please scan and email a copy of your original certificate of eligibility and state issued I.D. to Nicholas Cotten and indicate in the email that you wish to be sworn in by proxy. Also provide your phone number and out-of-state mailing address. Instructions will be forwarded to you (via email) on this process once your request is received.
State Bar of Georgia membership fees are directly impacted by the dates in which applicants are sworn-in with the Superior Court. Please contact the State Bar of Georgia for more information regarding membership rates.