SPPE: The Supervised Practice Portfolio Examination Provides a New Pathway to Becoming a Lawyer in Oregon

This month the Oregon Supreme Court unanimously approved a new pathway to becoming a licensed lawyer in Oregon for law school graduates, which avoids taking the bar exam – a test that raises concerns of discrimination, is expensive, and takes substantial time to prepare for, with the most recent passage rate of only 69%. Under the SPPE, applicants must have at least 675 hours of practice under the supervision of a licensed practicing attorney and submit a portfolio of work with 8 projects, which will be reviewed and graded by the Oregon Bar of Board Examiners. Our neighbors in California and Washington are also considering alternative pathways for law graduates to become licensed practitioners. KGW has more information on this video or you can read the 28-page report by the Oregon State Bar.