The Kansas Supreme Court is accepting public comment on amendments to Supreme Court Rules 700-726: Rules Relating to the Admission of Attorneys.
Comment may be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org until noon September 8. The subject line must read “Rules 700-726.”
The proposed amendments to Rules 700-726: Rules Relating to the Admission of Attorneys are to align them with other Supreme Court rules and to better reflect how an application moves through the attorney admissions process. The amendments also incorporate procedures to create a new online application process, as well as clarify the attorney admissions process, remove outdated requirements, and codify existing practices.
Amendments include the following substantive changes:
- Eliminating outdated provisions that prevent admission based on an applicant’s failure to achieve a passing score on a prior bar examination, impose a limit on the number of times an applicant could take the bar examination, and required termination of a single-employer restricted license when an applicant did not receive a passing score on the bar examination;
- Allowing an applicant for admission by examination to take the examination while the applicant’s character and fitness investigation is still pending;
- Increasing the timeframe for an applicant to apply for admission by Uniform Bar Examination score transfer from 36 months to 60 months;
- Making the unauthorized practice of law a consideration during a character and fitness investigation instead of an absolute bar to admission by reciprocity;
Renumbering and moving former Rule 712B regarding pro bono service to the Rules Relating to Access to Justice.
- Clarifying the standard of review during a character and fitness hearing; and