The Anatomy of Our Oath

Robert Gottfried
A prerequisite of your license is your inviolable promise that you will always support and defend the Constitution in all situations.

A prerequisite of your license is your inviolable promise that you will always support and defend the Constitution in all situations.

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The road to becoming a practicing attorney is a long and arduous one. After years of law school and months of studying for the bar exam, one more step remains before we are officially licensed to practice. Every lawyer in the country must be sworn in and take their state‚Äôs oath of attorney. This ceremony may seem traditional and mundane, but it has never been more important. This oath binds each attorney to certain professional obligations and requires us, as lawyers, to faithfully uphold and support the laws of our state and our country. 

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