In a historic vote Nov. 7, the Oregon Supreme Court unanimously approved a new pathway to attorney licensure in addition to the traditional bar exam—the first state to do so.

The Oregon Supervised Practice Portfolio Examination offers an avenue for establishing minimum competence to practice law so that candidates who successfully complete the program will be eligible for admission to the Oregon State Bar without taking the Uniform Bar Examination or Model Professional Responsibility Examination, according to the Oregon State Bar.