The MCB SWEARING-IN CEREMONY offers new admittees the opportunity to be sworn-in with the majority of their peers in front of a panel of judges from many of the courts present in Mecklenburg County.  Remarks are made by the presiding federal and presiding state judges and the MCB President.  The MCB Young Lawyers Division Chair calls each new admittee to the front in groups and the new admittee's sponsor presents the admittee to the Bar and Bench.  Following the Ceremony, new admittees and their guests have the opportunity to meet and network with members of the Bar and judiciary at a complimentary reception. 

DATE:  Thurs., May 11

LOCATION:  Fairfield Inn & Suites Uptown (201 S. McDowell St., Charlotte, NC 28204)
SCHEDULE:  Registration/Check-In - 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.; Swearing-In Ceremony & Signing of Oaths - 4 p.m.; Reception - After the Ceremony


The SWEARING-IN COURT SESSIONS are available to those new admittees who are unable or do not want to participate in the formal Ceremony and who wish to be sworn-in to the NC State Court ONLY. During the Court Sessions, the presiding judge will call the new admittees' names and give the attorney sponsor an opportunity to present the new admittee. Space is limited for these sessions - registration available on a first-come first-served basis.   


Fri., May 5, Courtroom 8100, Hon. Sean P. Smith
Thurs., May 25, Courtroom 6330, Hon. Rebecca T. Tin


Please note:  You must receive your law license prior to being sworn-in.  Not everyone receives their license at the same time.  Please do no register for a court session if you have not already received your license. 


LOCATION:  Mecklenburg County Courthouse

SCHEDULE:  Registration/Check-In - 11:45 p.m. - 12 p.m. Swearing-In and Signing of Oaths - 12:15 p.m. (New admittees, guests and sponsors are requested to be seated in the courtroom before the doors close at 12:15 p.m.)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Three days in advance of the session.




If you cannot attend any of the scheduled ceremonies, please follow these instructions for being sworn in at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.




Important Instructions

1.   The court requires new attorneys and their sponsors be dressed in appropriate court attire.  Men should wear a suit and tie, and women should wear a suit, preferably neutral colors (blue, black, grey).  Failure to comply with this dress code will prohibit us from allowing the new attorney and/or his or her sponsor to participate in the ceremony.

2.   Bring your law license or North Carolina State Bar Card with you.  The Board of Law Examiners and the NC State Bar have stated that an applicant cannot be sworn-in prior to receiving his or her license.

3.   You must have a practicing North Carolina attorney to present you during the Ceremony.  If you do not have one, please indicate so on your registration form, and arrive early so that we may provide you with one. 

4.   You may bring up to 3 guests with you.  Due to space and cost constraints, we are unable to make exceptions.

5.   At the Court's request, no children under the age of 7 are allowed entrance.

6.   If you would also like to be sworn into Federal Court during the Swearing-In Ceremony, please visit the North Carolina Western District Web site and complete the Application for Admission to Practice.   If you are attending the  MCB Swearing-In Ceremony, print and bring this completed form, along with the $276.00 fee. Please make check or money order payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court.

For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions


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MCB Linking Lawyers Mentoring Program

Linking Lawyers provides a broad and flexible opportunity for mentorship within the Bar.  Linking Lawyers is not intended to be a recruitment or placement service, the program is designed to be a resource for networking and guidance on issues of professional conduct and career perspective, as well as to provide an introduction into diverse areas of the law.


Interested in ACQUIRING a mentor?  We encourage you to take a moment to complete the Linking Lawyers Mentee Interest Form online.  You will be matched with a mentor based on the preferences you select. In order to ensure an experience that is most beneficial for both you and your mentor, please be candid in detailing what you expect from your mentoring experience and the amount of time that you are prepared to devote to this program.



NC Bar Professionalism for New Admittees Program

All active members admitted to the North Carolina State Bar after January 1, 2011, must complete the North Carolina State Bar Professionalism for New Admittees program in the year the member is first required to meet CLE requirements. Credit for the program will be applied to your annual mandatory continuing legal education requirements. If you were licensed in another state for 5 or more years at the time you were admitted to the NC Bar, you are exempt from the requirement; however, you must notify the State Bar of the exemption in the first annual report form sent to you. 


MCB Professionalism for New Admittees CLE: TBD 


Questions about the CLE? Contact Alison Rogers at or 704/375-8624.



A special Thank You to the following for their support of the MCB Swearing-In Ceremony





Federal Clerks for the Western District of North Carolina