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Kansas Board of Law Examiners
The Kansas Board of Law Examiners consists of a ten-member Board of Kansas lawyers and judges. The Board oversees all matters relating to applications for admission, character and fitness, testing accommodations, temporary permits to practice, and legal intern permits.

Applications should be submitted to the Board at the address listed to the left. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant.

Kansas Character and Fitness
Every applicant for admission, regardless as to the type of license, must undergo a complete character and fitness investigation. 

Character and fitness qualifications for admission to the Kansas bar are set out in Supreme Court Rule 707. "[T]he applicant must establish by clear and convincing evidence that the applicant possesses the requisite good moral character and current mental and emotional fitness to engage in the active and continuous practice of law."  Rule 707.

As part of every character and fitness investigation, all applicants for admission are required to submit a completed Kansas fingerprint packet with their application.  Every applicant's completed fingerprint card will be submitted to the Kansas Bureau of Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigations for a complete background check. Fingerprint packets are available through the Board of Law Examiners.  Applications received without a completed fingerprint packet will not be accepted. 

Applicants for Admission to the Bar by Written Examination (Rule 709)
Applicants seeking admission by written examination should complete the application and submit the completed application and all required documentation to the Board of Law Examiners for consideration.  The deadlines for submitting timely filed applications are October 1st for a February examination and March 1st for a July examination.  Filing fees for applications are listed in Supreme Court Rule 704.  The late deadlines for applications are November 1st for a February examination and April 1st for a July examination. 

All applicants who wish to complete the essay portion of the examination with the use of a laptop, should complete the Laptop Testing Application and submit it prior to the late deadline. 

To transfer your Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) or a Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) score to Kansas, you must contact the National Conference of Bar Examiners and complete the appropriate online transfer request.

The Kansas Board of Law Examiners is committed to providing reasonable testing accommodations to applicants with disabilities, consistent with state and federal law. The bar exam is designed to test the knowledge and skills necessary for one who seeks admission to the practice of law. A qualified applicant with a disability, who is otherwise eligible to take the examination but who cannot demonstrate under normal testing conditions that he or she possesses the knowledge and skills to be admitted to the Bar in the State of Kansas, may request reasonable testing accommodations by completing the Testing Accommodations Application and supplying the appropriate documentation.  The burden of proof is on the applicant to demonstrate the need for accommodations.

Applicants for Admission to the Bar by Uniform Bar Examination Score (Rule 709A)
Applicants seeking admission by Uniform Bar Examination Score (UBE) should complete the application and submit the completed application and all required documentation to the Board of Law Examiners for consideration. Completed applications must include the required filing fee of $1250. Applications for admission by UBE score will not be accepted until April 2, 2015. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements set forth in Supreme Court Rule 709A to transfer a UBE score.

To transfer your UBE score to Kansas, you must contact the National Conference of Bar Examiners and complete the appropriate online transfer request. Transfer requests will not be accepted until After April 2, 2015.

Typically applications for admission to the bar by UBE score take 3 to 4 months to process from the date the application is accepted. 

Applicants for Admission to the Bar Without Written Examination (Rule 708)
Applicants seeking admission without written examination in Kansas should complete the application and submit the application with all the required documentation to the Board of Law Examiners for consideration. Completed applications must include the required filing fee of $1250.

A complete list of reciprocal states can be found in the table on the left hand side of this page.

Typically applications for admission to the bar without examination take 3 to 4 months to process from the date the application is accepted.

Applicants for Admission by Restricted Licensure of Attorneys Performing Legal Service for a Single Employer (Rule 712)
Applicants seeking admission for restricted licensure in Kansas should complete the application and submit the application with all the required documentation to the Board of Law Examiners for consideration. Completed applications must include the required filing fee of $1250.

Typically applications for admission to the bar for restricted licensure take 3 to 4 months to process from the date the application is accepted.

Application for Legal Intern Permit (Rule 719)
Law students who have completed a minimum of sixty hours of legal study from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association are eligible to apply for a Legal Intern permit, provided they are able to meet other additional requirements stated in Kansas Supreme Court Rule 719. 

Students interested in obtaining a Legal Intern permit should complete the Legal Intern application and submit the completed application with the required documentation to the Board of Law Examiners for processing.