Swearing In

Hello there!

I have always felt that if you want people to trust you, you have to be honest with them. In fact, I have such a hard time lying that my husband rarely gets any surprise gifts—I just can’t contain my own excitement long enough for presents to stay a secret!

In keeping with this, I feel it is important to tell my clients a few things about myself, the first and foremost being this—I am a brand new attorney. I was just sworn in on November 16th.

Back in March, I couldn’t wait for May to arrive and law school graduation to arrive with it. Then, after the celebration died down, I couldn’t wait for July to be over, and the bar exam to be done as well. After the exam, the waiting for results began, and as many of my classmates took the North Carolina Bar, they heard the news several (six!) weeks before me. In fact, they heard the news, celebrated, got sworn in and began practicing, all while I waited patiently on the State of South Carolina to finish grading my test. Finally, twelve weeks after the exam, results were released and I passed! The weight of the world had been lifted off my shoulders.

After all the waiting and studying…and waiting some more, I thought the swearing-in ceremony would be a bit anti-climatic. Frankly, the actual ceremony was a bit dull. The swearing in was held at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, and all the newly-admitted lawyers sat in the first few rows of the auditorium. As our names were read aloud we stood briefly as individuals, then again as a group to take our oath. Then, a few of the judges said some words of encouragement, and suddenly it was done. On the way out we signed the official register and picked up our licenses to practice law.

My husband and I enjoyed a pleasant meal with some of my family, then headed home to enjoy an evening where neither of us had to work. Somewhere on the trip home it dawned on me—I am really a lawyer now! The State of South Carolina has granted me the privilege of representing and counseling its citizens. Earlier that day, I was still waiting to be a lawyer—now I am one. My husband looked over at me and said “So, you became an attorney today.” Yeah. I sure did.

Yours truly,

-Sarah P. Edgecomb, ESQ.

Managing Attorney
Sarah P. Edgecomb, P.C.

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