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How do I…make the most of the 2023 Spring Enrollment Ceremonies?

Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming enrollment ceremonies

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 Spring Enrollment Ceremonies, while also keeping stress levels low.  

The 2023 Spring Enrollment Ceremonies will consist of multiple ceremonies, with the first being held at 10 a.m. on April 28 at the Supreme Court of Missouri, located at 207 W. High St. in Jefferson City. If you passed the February 2023 Bar Exam and met all admission eligibility requirements, you — and your immediate family — are invited to attend the enrollment ceremonies and celebrate this amazing accomplishment. 

The enrollment ceremonies are 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, which can be paid using coins or credit card via the mobile app Passport Parking. Do not park in the lot located behind the Supreme Court building, which is reserved for Supreme Court of Missouri judges and personnel. 

Know where to go. Your first stop is registration on the 4th floor of the Harry S. Truman State Office Building, at 301 W. High St., where you will check in; pick up your admittance card, license, and oath; and receive welcome materials. When you register, you will be assigned a tentative time you must be in your seat for your ceremony at the Supreme Court of Missouri building. This information will be listed on your admittance card.

Allow approximately 30 minutes to walk from the Truman building to the Supreme Court, go through security, and be seated in your assigned courtroom. To help with crowd control, you and your guests should not get in line to enter the Supreme Court of Missouri building until the marshal calls your ceremony color and number. 

Each enrollment ceremony will take 20 minutes.

Security at the Supreme Court of Missouri building. You and your guests must present photo identification, 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, but no voice calls are allowed on the second floor of the building or in the courtrooms at any time.

Federal court ceremony. The United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri will have one ceremony at 11 a.m. on the 4th floor of the Harry S. Truman Building. This enrollment ceremony is for lawyers who wish 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 must be sworn in by The Missouri Bar before attending the federal court ceremony. 

Guests can sit in one of the chairs at the back of the auditorium and are allowed to take photos of the ceremony inside the Truman building.

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

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.

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

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!