The first step in the admission process is to be sworn in to the Superior Court. You may contact the clerk of the Superior Court for any county in the state to make an appointment. If you reside out of state and wish to be sworn in by proxy, contact Nicholas Cotten with the Fulton County Superior Court Clerks office at email@example.com for additional information. After being sworn in, the enrollment forms listed below need to be completed and mailed with your payment to:
State Bar of Georgia
104 Marietta St. NW, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30303-2743
Enrollment within the State Bar of Georgia is MANDATORY after being sworn in. You MUST enroll with the State Bar of Georgia before you begin to practice law in Georgia!
Enrollment with the State Bar of Georgia within 60 days of being sworn in to Superior Court in Georgia is required. If you do not enroll within the 60-day period, you are subject to additional fees and paperwork. Once enrolled, you are authorized to practice in Superior and all lower courts in the state. Your license fee obligation is based on the date that you are sworn in to Superior Court, which is also the official date used on your permanent membership record as your date of admission to practice.
NOTE: Your swearing in date impacts the dues amount you pay for the first year. Members sworn in between May 15 and December 31 pay a full year of dues. Members sworn in after January 1 pay a prorated amount. See the dues notice for more details.
You may choose to be sworn in separately to the Court of Appeals of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia and federal district courts by contacting these courts. The Young Lawyers Division of the Bar sponsors mass swearing in ceremonies twice a year for the higher courts and will send out information to new members after you have enrolled.
Items Necessary for Enrollment
The Attorney Oath and Order: This document must have an official raised or colored seal. (This is obtained from the clerk of the Superior Court when you are sworn in. Copies will not be accepted). In some counties, the Clerk will provide the oath electronically to the Bar. The Clerk will inform you if you are in a participating county.