General Attorney Swearing-In
Congratulations on becoming eligible to take your Georgia Attorney’s oath!
The Clerk’s Office hosts virtual swearing-in ceremonies on Zoom every other Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. EST (unless otherwise indicated). Each session has an applicant capacity limit and once the limit is met, the following sessions become available. All virtual sessions are closed sessions – only open to ceremony participants. However, a shareable recording link will be provided to each participant at the conclusion of their swearing-in process with our office.
The dates below are the upcoming virtual ceremonies.
Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at 10 a.m. EST: Register here!
Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at 10 a.m. EST: Register here!
Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at 10 a.m. EST: Register here!
Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at 10 a.m. EST: Register here!
What You Need to Know:
Location for Virtual Swearings-in: Zoom (links to be provided before ceremony)
Contact: Nicholas F. Cotten at Nicholas.Cotten@fultoncountyga.gov.
As part of registering, you must email a copy of your certificate of eligibility and photo ID (pdf, or jpg) to Nicholas.Cotten@fultoncountyga.govInclude in the email the date of the ceremony that you wish to participate in.Please provide the phonetic spelling of your name(s) on the front of your certificate of eligibility, if it’s commonly mispronounced.
Once you have emailed the certificate of eligibility, you must mail the original version (using some form of tracking). Your swearing-in file cannot be fully completed until we receive the original certificate by mail.
Please mail to:
Fulton County Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Courts
Attn: Nicholas F. Cotten/ Bar Admissions
136 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Once you have taken your oath and fully completed your swearing-in process, our office will electronically submit your swearing-in documents to the State Bar of Georgia on your behalf and provide you with the next steps to register with the Bar.
We pride ourselves on making every swearing-in ceremony as memorable as possible for each applicant; therefore, we require your registration form to be completed by at least 48 hours prior to the ceremony of choice. Failure to provide such notice may result in a denial of immediate service and will require applicants to reschedule for the next available swearing-in date.
If the above dates are not convenient for you, please consider contacting another Superior Court Clerk's Office of your preference; however, we do hope we are able to assist you. Additionally, if you wish to have an in-person ceremony, please utilize the following link https://www.fultoncourt.org/superior-court-judges to contact the Fulton County Judge of your choice. Once you have scheduled a date and time, you are required to provide those details to Nicholas.Cotten@fultoncountyga.gov via email. Please allow at least 48 business hours from the time of scheduling to the event date.
If you are admitted under the recent Provisional Admission to Practice Order granted by the Georgia Supreme Court, you are still required to take an oath to be admitted to practice. Such applicants must also present a certificate of eligibility prior to taking their oath. Please refer to the instructions above to schedule your Attorney’s Oath ceremony.
**County swearing-in ceremonies are only applicable to the trial-level courts in the state but are not applicable to the Supreme, Appellate, or Northern District Courts. Separate swearing-in ceremonies must be scheduled with those courts.
**Note: State Bar of Georgia membership fees are directly impacted by the dates applicants are sworn in with the Superior Court. Please contact the State Bar of Georgia for more information regarding membership rates.