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Bar Exam Application and Subject Material

While the Career Services Office strives to maintain current information on bar exams and related dates, the most reliable source of information remains the Bar Examination Committee of each individual jurisdiction. Accordingly, while the information contained here is a useful guideline, all candidates should review the materials on each jurisdiction's website, and do so with sufficient time to meet all the requirements.

Apart from the state administered bar exam, in most states you will also need to take the MPRE (an exam used to test your awareness of rules of professional responsibility) and submit a character and fitness application that must be approved before you will be licensed. The MPRE is normally taken while you are still in school, so if your jurisdiction requires it, make sure you click on the MPRE link below to see when it is offered and how to prepare for and apply to take it. It is also important to start you character and fitness application early. The questions are extensive, and it may require you to submit fingerprints or other materials, as well as obtain proof that you have no criminal record or even speeding tickets that are not fully resolved.

Additionally, some states require a credit report. These can be obtained by contacting the three major reporting agencies. This is something you should look at early on so that you have time to correct any inaccuracies in your credit reports before they are reported to the bar examiners in your jurisdiction. The three major credit reporting companies are Equifax, Experian, and Transunion.

Below are links to the requirements for the Kansas and Missouri bar exams. There are also links to the requirements for the patent bar and to resources for the other 48 states. 

Kansas Bar

To obtain a license to practice law in Kansas, applicants must comply with the Petition for Admission (bar application), including:

  • have a Juris Doctor from an accredited law school;
  • pass the Bar of the State of Kansas;
  • obtain a minimum score of 80 on the MPRE; and
  • gain approval of their Character and Fitness application.

The Kansas Bar Examination is given on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July in Topeka, Kansas.


Bar Application deadlines (must be received by the Attorney Admission) and Fees


February exam:

  • Oct. 1: Bar application ($400 fee)
  • Nov. 1: Late bar application (additional $200 late fee)

July exam:

  • March 1: Bar application ($400 fee)
  • April 1: Late bar application (additional $200 late fee)

The Bar Application includes the Character and Fitness application.

Applicant is required to submit a Kansas fingerprint packet, either prior to sending the application or with the application. The application will not be sent for the Character and Fitness investigation if a completed fingerprint packet is not submitted by the time the application is received.

Do not submit materials more than six months prior to the deadline.


Laptop Program


To use a laptop during examination, applicants must submit a separate application by the deadline. Approval will not be considered until the applicant's application and Character and Fitness have been approved.


Testing Accommodations


To request testing accommodations, the applicant must submit the application by the deadline.


Fingerprinting deadlines and Fees


The fingerprinting card is part of the character and fitness investigation. It is due with your application packet and subject to the same deadlines. 

With the change in the new application, applicants are now instructed to contact the Bar Admissions Office directly at admissions@kscourts.org for the fingerprint packets so that they are assured they have the current packet. Law schools will no longer be stocked with packets. Cards may be completed and taken to any police station for fingerprinting. Fees may apply. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (preferred method) charges $10, while the KU Public Safety Office charges $5.


Transcript deadlines (must be received by the Attorney Admission) and Fees


  • February exam: Jan. 15
  • July exam: June 15

Applicant must request official undergraduate and law school transcripts to be mailed directly to the Attorney Admission by applicant's schools.

Requests for official academic transcripts from KU must be directed to the University Registrar. Please see the University Registrar's website for more information.


Test Topics


The Kansas Bar Examination can test the following areas of law:

Kansas Essay (16 questions)

  • Agency & Employment
  • Civil Procedure, Kansas and Federal
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Domestic Relations & Family Law
  • Evidence
  • Legal Ethics
  • Noncorporate Business Organizations
  • Personal Property
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • UCC & Commercial Transactions
  • Wills, Trusts & Administration

Multistate Bar Exam (200 questions)

    • Constitutional Law
    • Contracts
    • Criminal Law
    • Evidence
    • Real Property
    • Torts

Missouri Bar

The Missouri Bar Examination is given on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July in Jefferson City, Mo.

All applicants must first create a personal MBLE Registration account here.


Bar Application deadlines and Fees
(must be postmarked or received by the Clerk of the Supreme Court)


February exam:

  • Oct. 1: Bar application (fee varies based on timing and application status of C&F)
  • Dec. 31: Late bar application (fee varies based on timing and application status of C&F)

July exam:

  • March 1: Bar application (fee varies based on timing and application status of C&F)
  • May 31: Late bar application (fee varies based on timing and application status of C&F)

Applications are not accepted for the February exam before Sept. 1 or for the July exam before Feb. 1.


Character and Fitness Application


Application for Character and Fitness Report must be completed online. Applicants must PRINT, SIGN and MAIL all required application forms, together with the required fee as determined in the current fee schedule. Students MUST submit a notarized authorization & release by mail in order to complete the application process. Law students are encouraged to file an Application for Character and Fitness Report as soon as they begin law school, as the fees for the report are significantly discounted if an application is received by the first June 30 following a student’s admission to law school.


Fingerprinting Application


Applicants submitting the Application for Character and Fitness Report for the first time must submit their fingerprints electronically through L-1 Identity Solutions. Contact L-1 Identity Solutions at 866-522-7067 or register online for an appointment to be fingerprinted.


Transcripts


Applicant must request official academic transcripts to be mailed directly to the Missouri Board of Law Examiners by the applicant's school. The transcript must include the date J.D. degree was awarded.

Requests for official academic transcripts from KU must be directed to the University Registrar. Please see the University Registrar's website for more information.


Test Topics


The Missouri Bar Examination includes 1) the essay examination (Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and questions prepared by the Missouri Board of Law Examiners), 2) the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) and 3) the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).

Subject matters which may be covered by the essay examination and the MPT (Day One):

  • Administrative Law
  • Agency & Partnership
  • Civil Procedure, Missouri and Federal
  • Commercial Paper
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporations and Limited Liability Co.
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Estates
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Legal Ethics
  • Professional Conduct, Missouri
  • Real Property
  • Remedies
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Future Interests
 

Multistate Bar Exam (Day Two):

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts
 

Past essay questions drafted by the Missouri Board of Law Examiners and sample answers written by passing applicants are available online. You may also order past MEE, MPT, and MBE questions written by the National Conference of Bar Examiners online.


Missouri Educational Component


The State of Missouri has adopted the Uniform Bar Examination ("UBE") for all applicants seeking licensure in the State. Because the UBE tests on uniform principals of law, the Supreme Court of Missouri and the Missouri Board of Law Examiners have prepared a mandatory open book test ("Missouri Educational Component Test" or "MECT") for all applicants to complete as a condition of licensure in accordance with Rule 8.08(c).

The review materials ("Missouri Materials") include ten outlines on the subjects of Torts, Civil Procedure, Real Property, Trusts, Estates, Family Law, Business Associations, Administrative Law, Missouri Courts and Evidence. The Missouri Materials and the MECT are located at http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=325.

The Missouri Materials are intended to assist Missouri bar applicants. The Missouri Materials are distributed and presented with the understanding that the Missouri Board of Law Examiners, its committees, authors, reviewers and speakers do not render legal, accounting, tax or other professional advice. The Missouri Materials are provided as research information to be used by bar applicants for the MECT. The Missouri Materials may be used beyond the MECT by the applicants, in conjunction with other research deemed necessary in the exercise of their independent professional judgment. Original and fully current sources of authority should be researched. Although every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the Missouri Materials, the law continues to change and there is no guarantee that every statement is correct. The MECT will be graded upon the information provided in the Missouri Materials as posted at the time of the test given even if such information is later deemed to be incorrect. The Missouri Materials and the MECT are provided in English only.

All applicants must take the MECT and must sign the Certificate of Completion. Once issued and signed by you, the Certificate of Completion must be mailed to the Board of Law Examiners during the time frame outlined in Rule 8.08(c). Prior to mailing, please make certain that your name, email address and telephone number are correct on the form. All Certificates of Completion must be mailed to Board of Law Examiners, P.O. Box 104236, Jefferson City, MO 65110-4236. Your test score is valid in accordance with Rule 8.08(c) from the issue date on the Certificate of Completion.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Bar (MPRE)

Almost all jurisdictions require that the applicant present an acceptable score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). This exam is separately administered three times per year, in March, August and November.

Most students will sit for this exam upon completing a course in Professional Responsibility. Each jurisdiction establishes their own passing score and requirements for accepting scores from other jurisdictions, and therefore students should check with the board of bar examiners in the state in which they intend to practice. Registration packets for the MPRE are available in the Office of Career Services, and students may also register online.

  • Kansas: scaled score of 80 prior to or within 180 days of taking the Kansas Bar Exam.
  • Missouri: scaled score of 80 within one year after date of written notification of passing the Missouri Bar Exam.

Professional Responsibility (PR)

This required course must be completed by the time the student finishes 60 hours of law school. Applicants will not be able to take the MPRE until this course has been completed.

Patent Bar

Eligible applicants who wish to take the Patent Bar should visit the U.S. Patent Trademark Office website for more information. For a thorough list of Patent Bar prep courses, go here.

Other States

To obtain a license to practice law in states other than Kansas and Missouri, please contact the board of bar examiners in the jurisdiction(s) in which you are most likely to practice.

The exam format, application fees and deadlines vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Generally the exam consists of one day of state essay questions and one day of Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) multiple-choice questions. Many states also include the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

Most bar application deadlines will occur during your final year of law school. Deadlines vary, so students should check with the board of bar examiners in the state in which they intend to practice. Some jurisdictions, including Missouri, offer or require law student registrations at an earlier point in law school. The purpose of early registration is to identify problems that might otherwise delay or adversely affect the ability to obtain a law license. Students who fail to timely register are permitted to take the bar exam in most cases but may be assessed additional fees.

 

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