Lawyers Oath

Under ARSC 37(b), “No applicant shall be admitted to the practice of law in Arizona unless he or she has taken the oath of admission to the practice of law in Arizona as prescribed by the Court, before a notary or other person authorized to administer oaths, and paid any applicable fees.”

We must remember that taking the oath of office is not just making a promise, an aspiration, or a hope. In our oath, we aver to support the Constitutions of Arizona and the United States. It’s not just whatever version of fundamental law we’d like to follow. It is the governing law of the land. It is not to our preferences. It is not just a job, not even just a profession. It is the Office of Attorney. When we take that oath, we become public citizens and officeholders, not just citizens who can speak their own mind and follow their own paths.

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