Oregon recently debuted a new bar exam alternative option — the first of its kind in the U.S.– that could revolutionize the way young law professionals are certified to practice. Under this new exam system, the Oregon Unauthorized Practice of Law Board (UPLB) allows prospective bar exam takers to receive practicing law credentials without going through the expensive and stressful process of the traditional bar exam. Essentially, the UPLB’s new rule recognizes that the traditional bar exam does not accurately reflect one’s law skills and practice knowledge. It also comes amidst a major shift in the legal profession, as practitioners are increasingly becoming comfortable relying on alternate solutions to the traditional methods of certification. The Oregon rule is indicative of this larger movement. The UPLB’s new alternative test requires that the candidate have at least two years of experience in the practice of law, is a member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar, and is able to demonstrate that they possess a comprehensive knowledge of Oregon law and relevant legal skills. Applicants must also provide evidence of their exemplary legal background and experience such as references from practicing lawyers or judges. If these criteria are met, applicants will be exempt from taking the traditional bar exam and instead can take what is referred to as the “alternative route.” Once those who took the alternative route pass the alternative bar exam, they will become members of the Oregon State Bar and can commence practicing law in the state without having taken the traditional bar exam. The new rule also makes it easier for lawyers from other states to transfer to Oregon; they still must meet the criteria and pass the alternative exam, but will not need to take the full Oregon Bar Exam. Oregon’s new bar exam alternative is an important and innovative step forward for the legal profession. It demystifies the process of obtaining legal credentials and could offer potential savings to law professionals. Ultimately, it will provide more flexibility to practitioners and ensure that the quality and standards of the law profession in Oregon remain at the top of the game.