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How do I…make the most of the 2022 Fall Enrollment Ceremony?

You’ve completed all the steps to become a Missouri lawyer – and now it’s time to celebrate! Follow these tips to make the most of the Fall Enrollment Ceremonies, while also keeping stress levels low.  

The 2022 Fall Enrollment Ceremonies will consistent of multiple ceremonies, with the first being held at 9 a.m. on Sept. 30 at the Supreme Court of Missouri, located at 207 W. High St. in Jefferson City. If you passed the July 2022 Bar Exam and met all admission eligibility requirements, you — and your immediate family — are invited to attend the enrollment ceremony and celebrate this amazing accomplishment. 

The ceremony is an exciting event where you’ll take the oath of admission and be welcomed to the profession by the judges of the Supreme Court of Missouri, officers of The Missouri Bar, and members of the Board of Law Examiners.  

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of the day:  

Park in the right spot. There is a public parking garage on Madison Street, two blocks east and one block north of the Supreme Court of Missouri building. Meter parking is available on various streets downtown.  Do not park in the lot located behind the Supreme Court building, which is reserved for the use of Supreme Court of Missouri judges and personnel. 

Know where to go. Your first stop is registration on the south lawn of the Capitol Building (201 W. Capitol Ave.) – across from the Supreme Court of Missouri Building – where you will check in; pick up your ceremony card, license, and oath; and receive welcome materials. To reduce the lines for registration, arrive at the time listed below based on the first letter of your last name.  Registration times are staggered to control the number of people passing through security at any given time.

A - D      7:45 a.m.

E - K       8:15 a.m.

L - R       8:45 a.m.

S - Z       9:15 a.m.

When you register, you will be assigned a tentative time you must be in your seat for your assigned ceremony at the Supreme Court of Missouri building.  Access into the Supreme Court Building will be controlled by your ceremony color and number. Avoid lining up to enter the Supreme Court of Missouri building until the marshal calls your ceremony color and number. 

Each enrollment ceremony will take approximately 20 minutes.

Security at the Supreme Court of Missouri building. You and your guests must present photo identifications, as well as your ceremony admittance card, at the security checkpoint.  Guests must comply with security procedures to enter the building, including passing through a metal detector.  Cell phones are allowed in the Supreme Court of Missouri building to take pictures and videos only, but no voice calls are allowed on the second floor of the building or in the courtrooms at any time.

Remember to sign the Roll of Attorneys. Make sure to sign the Roll of Attorneys before or after the ceremony in the lobby of the Supreme Court of Missouri building. These contain the names of all lawyers enrolled by the courts, and you should ensure your name is included.

Look Sharp. Enrollees are expected to dress in business attire for the enrollment ceremony. Revealing clothing and jeans are not appropriate. Face masks are optional. 

Mingle with Missouri Bar leaders. As a new lawyer, you have many great resources at your disposal. On enrollment day, the president, executive director, members of the Young Lawyers’ Section Council, and staff of The Missouri Bar will be available to answer questions. We also provide a host of information online at MoBar.org/New-Members

Federal court ceremony. The United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri will conduct two ceremonies – one at 10:45 a.m. and the other at 12:15 p.m. – on the 1st Floor Rotunda in the Missouri State Capitol (across the street from the Supreme Court of Missouri building).  These enrollment ceremonies are for lawyers who wish to be admitted to practice in the district courts. 

Register at the federal court table when you register for your Missouri Bar enrollment ceremony (the federal court table will be located near the Missouri Bar registration tables). You will receive a color-coded card with your assigned federal court ceremony time. You will need this card to gain admittance to the ceremony. All attendees must go through the Capitol Building security checkpoint at the South entrance. 

Guests may stand outside the seating area on the 1st Floor Rotunda or view the ceremony from the 2nd floor balcony. Photographs are allowed inside the Capitol Building.

You must be sworn in by the Missouri Bar before attending the federal court ceremony. 

For more information about the federal court ceremony, click here.

Take lots of photos. Your enrollment ceremony is a time to have fun! Missouri Bar staff will be onsite with photo props, and an “Officially a Missouri Lawyer!” Snapchat filter will be available. Share your images from the day on social media using #NewMOLawyers or tagging @MoBarNews for the chance to be featured.  

For more information about the Enrollment Ceremonies, visit the Missouri Board of Law Examiners’ website.  

Welcome to the profession. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!