SCOTUS FAQ



Admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court
Frequently Asked Questions

When and Where is the swearing-in ceremony?
The official swearing-in will be at the United States Supreme Court, located at One First St, NE, Washington, DC 20543. The swearing-in takes place at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 2, 2012. Applicants are asked to arrive at the court by 8:30 a.m. that morning at the Maryland Avenue entrance. After the swearing-in, a continental breakfast will be provided, we will take group photographs, and there will be an optional tour and lecture on the Supreme Court for you and your guests. Supreme Court Justices have been invited to join us.

Who is eligible to apply for the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court?
Candidates must have been admitted to practice in the highest court of a State, Commonwealth, Territory, Possession or the District of Columbia for at least three (3) years prior to applying and must not have been the subject of any adverse disciplinary action pronounced or in effect during that three-year period.

How much does it cost?
The United States Supreme Court requires a $200 admittance and processing fee. This fee should be in form of a check made out to the United States Supreme Court and should be sent to the Office of Alumni Relations along with your application packet.

The Office of Alumni Relations will be accepting an amount of $125 per person which includes:
- An evening reception and dinner on Sunday, April 1
- A Saturday afternoon tour of the United States Capitol Building
- Group transportation from the host hotel to the United States Supreme Court Building on Monday, April 2
- A breakfast at the Supreme Court immediately following the ceremony
- A professional photographer at both the Sunday reception and all events on Monday
- An 8x10 photograph of the entire group, mailed to your preferred address
- A tour of a Washington DC historical building will take place after the ceremony. Details will be coming soon. (Due to scheduling difficulties, the Library of Congress was  unable to accommodate our group. Individuals are still welcome to tour the Library on their own.)
The $125 should be made out to The John Marshall Law School and sent along with your application packet. If a guest will be attending with you, they are as well required to pay the $125 JMLS participant fee.

When are applications due?
The application can be found HERE. The deadline for turning in application to the Office of Alumni Relations is February 1, 2012.

Where do I send my completed application and processing fee?
Please send applications and checks to:

ATTN: Supreme Court Swearing-In
The John Marshall Law School
Office of Alumni Relations
315 S Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604

Please make your $200 processing fee check out to the "U.S. Supreme Court", include with your application and send to our office. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION AND CHECK DIRECTLY TO THE SUPREME COURT.

Do I have to send in my $200 fee ahead of time?
Yes. Because John Marshall alumni are being admitted as a group, the Clerk's office requests us to collect all of the applications and checks to submit them together.

Is my completed application a guarantee that I will be admitted to the Bar?
All applications ultimately will be reviewed by the Clerk's Office of the U.S. Supreme Court. If the documents submitted demonstrate that you possess the necessary qualifications, and if the application has been correctly completed with payment submitted, the Clerk's Office will admit you to the Bar.

How do I obtain my Certificate of Good Standing?
The Certificate must be obtained from the Clerk of the highest court in your State and should be sent to the John Marshall Alumni Relations Office along with your completed application. A Bar association certification cannot be used as your Certificate of Good Standing. In most states, please allow at least a week to obtain this document.

To obtain a Certificate from the Supreme Court of Illinois, send a written request with your attorney registration number, date of admission and a $1.00 fee for each Certificate, to:

The Clerk of the Supreme Court
Supreme Court Building
200 East Capitol
Springfield, IL 62701

For all states outside of Illinois, please visit your appropriate Clerk's Office. List of state's offices.

Who may sponsor me?
Any person who is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in good standing who is not related to you by blood or marriage may act as your sponsor. Your sponsors need not attend the swearing-in ceremony, but must sign off on your application. Ask around your firm, and even your previous law professors.

If you do not know two (2) persons who can act as sponsors, please contact Erin Dunne, Office of Alumni Relations Administrative Assistant at edunne@jmls.edu and we will find a faculty member to sign for you.

Whose name will appear on my certificate?
The names of the group's movant will appear on your final Bar certificate. The group's movant will be determined shortly.

What is the difference between the standard and the alternate certificate that I will receive after the swearing-in?
The standard certificate contains the words "...in the year of our Lord, two thousand and twelve." You can have these words omitted by checking the box on the application specifying that you would like the alternate certificate.

May I bring a guest to the swearing-in?
Yes! However, applicants are limited to one guest only inside the courtroom. Additional guests may wait in an adjoining room and participate in the continental breakfast and lecture after swearing-in. Individuals age 6 and over may sit inside the courtroom, however the court requests that if children do attend that they are not disruptive.

Are there any special group rates for travel?
Yes! We currently have a group hotel rate with the Hilton Garden Inn, Washington DC/U.S. Capitol. You can call the hotel directly at 202-408-4870 or by calling 1-800-HILTONS. You must identify yourself as a member of the John Marshall Law School group to be given the special rate of $144 per night.

We also have a meeting discount from American Airlines. This will give a 5% discount from any published fare and it can be booked through www.aa.com or by calling American Airlines at 1-800-433-7300. The discount is listed under "JMLS Alumni Group" and the code is A1132AY. Participants and their guests may fly into any of the 3 Washington Area airports - Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) or Dulles International Airport (IAD) anytime between March 26 and April 6, 2011.

I will need special accommodations or I have a question that is not answered above. Who should I contact?
Please do not hesitate to email the Office of Alumni Relations at edunne@jmls.edu with any questions you may have.



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