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Apply for Bar Exam

Filing deadlines and fee schedule

Filing fees are determined by the date the application is received by the Attorney Admissions office. Filing fees are not refundable.

July exam 

  • apply between November 2 and March 1 with $700 filing fee; or

  • apply between March 2 and April 1 with $700 filing fee and $200 late fee.

February exam

  • apply between April 2 and October 1 with $700 filing fee; or

  • apply between October 2 and November 1 with $700 filing fee and $200 late fee.

Supreme Court Rule 704: Application Fees

Application and instructions 
Request fingerprint packet
Download fingerprint packet
Request testing accommodation

Character and fitness

The Kansas Board of Law Examiners will conduct a background investigation before accepting your application. You must be accepted before taking the exam. 

Supreme Court Rule 707: Character and Fitness Qualifications for Admission to the Bar


Educational requirements

Bar exam applicants must meet all educational requirements. The Kansas Board of Law Examiners requires an official transcript that reflects the date the degree was awarded. The official transcript must be mailed directly to our office by your school. The transcript must include the date your law degree was awarded. 

Supreme Court Rule 706: Educational Qualifications for Admission to the Bar


Exam dates and locations

The bar exam is given on the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July. 


Subjects tested

Kansas is a Uniform Bar Examination state. The exams components include:

Uniform Bar Examination
Multistate Essay Exam
Multistate Performance Test
Multistate Bar Exam

Visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners website for information about the components of these exams and subjects tested.  

Exam scores

A total score of at least 266 is required to pass the Kansas bar exam. 

Preparing for exams

The National Conference of Bar Examiners offers past exam questions for the Multistate Essay Exam, Multistate Performance Test, and the Multistate Bar Exam. 

Preparing for the Multistate Essay Examination
Preparing for Multistate Performance Test

Preparing for the Multistate Bar Exam 


Admission to practice in another state

Application for Admission Without Written Examination

  • For eligible applicants already admitted and engaged in the active practice of law in a reciprocal jurisdiction for at least 60 of the last 84 months.

    Supreme Court Rule 708: Admission to the Bar Without Written Examination

  • Kansas does not have a reciprocal agreement with California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.


Rules relating to attorney admissions

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Kansas Board of Law Examiners
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th Ave., 1st Floor
Topeka, KS 66612-1507


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