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Rule 706

Educational Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

Section Attorney Admission
(a)   Each applicant seeking admission to the bar of Kansas shall satisfy the Board that he or she:

(1)   has been granted and holds a baccalaureate degree based upon a full course of study in a college, university or other institution of higher learning accredited by a regional accreditation body recognized by the United States Department of Education; and

(2)   has been granted and holds a Juris Doctor degree or Bachelor of Laws degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association at the time of the applicant’s graduation.

(b)   If regional accreditation is not available, the standard for determining the sufficiency of undergraduate degrees earned or of the courses leading thereto shall be that recognized by the University of Kansas.

(c)   Proof that an applicant has been granted and holds the requisite degrees shall be provided to the Office of Judicial Administration by certified copies of transcripts issued by the registrar or equivalent officer of each institution granting such degrees and shall be mailed directly by said issuing authority to the Office of Judicial Administration. Official transcripts must be received by the Office of Judicial Administration no later than January 15 for the February examination and June 15 for the July examination.

(d)   The Board may allow to sit for the bar examination, on a conditional basis, an applicant who presents to the Board a certification from the law school attended that the applicant is currently enrolled in a course of study which, if satisfactorily completed, will result in graduation within thirty days following administration of the bar examination. Failure to provide an official transcript establishing law school graduation within thirty days following the administration of the bar examination will result in the bar examination scores being voided.

[History: New rule effective July 1, 2009; Am. (c) effective January 24, 2020.]

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