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Have you heard about the bar exam revolution in Oregon? In an unprecedented move that has sent shockwaves through the legal industry, the Oregon Supreme Court has embarked on a path that may redefine the landscape of attorney licensing in the United States. This decision, announced on November 7, 2023, eliminates the traditional bar exam requirement for aspiring attorneys in Oregon, replacing it with a model that is as innovative as it is controversial—the Supervised Practice Portfolio Examination.

The Rainmaker Institute has been at the forefront of helping law firms grow into seven and eight-figure businesses nationwide. Today, I want to discuss Oregon’s monumental decision, its implications for the legal profession, and how law firm owners can leverage this change for growth and resilience.

The Supervised Practice Portfolio Examination Explained

Under this new model, candidates must complete 675 hours of supervised work under a licensed attorney in Oregon rather than spending countless hours preparing for and taking a traditional bar exam. This duration mirrors the previously expected preparation time for the traditional bar exam. Candidates must compile and submit a portfolio demonstrating competency across eight designated practice areas. These can range from client meetings to filing paperwork—essential skills for any practicing attorney.

A Ripple Effect Beyond Oregon‘s Bar Exam Revolution

Oregon’s groundbreaking decision has happened in collaboration. Other states, including California, Maine, Nevada, Utah, North Dakota, Georgia, and Minnesota, are exploring similar licensing reforms. Even here in Arizona, residents are witnessing changes, with non-attorneys now allowed to own law firms. Indeed, the legal industry is on the cusp of widespread transformation.

Opportunities Amidst Change

“Where there’s change, there’s opportunity,” as we often say. Here’s how law firm owners can adapt and thrive:

  1. Business Operations: The significance of running a law firm as a business cannot be overstated. Efficiency, sales, leadership, and a data-driven approach are now more critical than ever.
  2.  Branding and Unique Competitive Advantages: Differentiate your firm. Identify what differentiates you from competitors, especially the influx of newly licensed practitioners needing more traditional qualifications.
  3.  Modernized Marketing: The landscape of content consumption is changing. Invest in modern marketing tactics like short-form videos and educational content to reach potential clients where they are.
  4.  Sales-Driven Intake Process: Treat intake as a sales opportunity. Communicate your firm’s unique value proposition clearly to prospective clients.
  5.  Lead Nurturing: Continuously engage with leads at every stage of the funnel. Tailor your message to guide them towards choosing your firm.


The decision by the Oregon Supreme Court to do away with the traditional bar exam is a bold step into uncharted territory. It challenges long-standing traditions of the legal profession and opens up discussions on the future of legal education and licensing.

While change can be daunting, it also presents a unique opportunity for growth and innovation within the legal industry. Law firm owners willing to adapt their strategies, refine their operations, and engage with their audience in new ways will find themselves well-positioned to succeed in this evolving landscape.

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