Admission to the Eastern District of Michigan Bar
All applicants must submit the following:
Required items must be submitted in person or mailed to:
After the application is processed the attorney will receive an email from the Court. When the attorney is ready to receive the oath, the following additional forms are required (Do not submit these documents with the initial application; these are to be provided directly to the judicial officer or clerk performing the Oath of Office, except in cases of disciplinary disclosures as described above):
Local Rule 83.20(d)(3) requires that applicants have a sponsor in two instances:
Oath of Office Requirement
If the Court grants the application for admission to the bar, LR 83.20 (a)(4) requires applicants to take the Oath of Office. An attorney is not admitted to practice in the district until the oath has been administered.
Receiving the Oath of Office
The Oath of Office may be administered either in person, or by telephone or video conference.
Electronic Filing Requirement
After completion of the oath, applicants will receive an email explaining the process to register for an electronic filing login and password. As of July 1, 2012, attorneys must be sworn in by a judicial officer or a designee before being eligible to register for an e-filing login and password.
If you have an impending deadline, be advised that once the Oath of Office is administered, the process to receive a login and password may take an additional 2-3 business days to complete.
If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk's Office at 313-234-5000.
When completing the Application for Admission, attorneys must swear (or affirm) that they will abide by the civility principles approved by the Court.
Mass Swearing-In Ceremonies
Every December the Court holds a mass swearing-in ceremony. Although held primarily for attorneys who recently passed the bar, it is open to any attorney not admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Michigan. Once the ceremony has been scheduled, a notice will be posted in the NEWS area of the Court's website.