Kansas Bar Exam

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Kansas Board of Law Examiners

Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th Avenue, Room 374
Topeka, KS 66612
T: 785.296.8410

Email:  admissions@kscourts.org

Website: www.kscourts.org


BAR EXAM DATES

The Kansas Bar Exam is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.

2016 Winter:  February 23 and 24

2016 Summer: July 26 and 27


BAR EXAM FORMAT

The Kansas bar exam is a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).

Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions in the morning and six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions in the afternoon.

Day 2: Two Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) sessions.


SUBJECTS TESTED


MBE Subjects: 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

MEE Essay Subjects:

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership, Corporations and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including Article 2 and Revised Article 1 of the UCC)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates, Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions)

Multistate Performance Test: 

“Closed universe” practical problem using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.


MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

Applicant must achieve a scaled score of 80 on the MPRE prior to or within 180 days of taking the bar exam.


FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

Application must be received by October 1 for the February exam and by March 1 for the July exam

Exam fee: $700

Late applications received after the deadline, but by November 1 for February exam or by April 1 for July exam, shall be subject to an additional $200 penalty fee.


GRADING AND RESULTS

The passing standard for the bar exam is a grade of 266 on a single administration of the exam, determined by averaging the scaled score of all the parts of the exam. The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE, with the MBE weighted 50%, the MEE 30%, and the MPT 20%.


RECIPROCITY

Admission on Motion:  May be admitted without an exam if licensed in at least one jurisdiction that permits mutuality of admission without examination for members of the Kansas Bar, may not have previously failed a written Kansas Bar Examination, meets the requirements of Kansas Rules 706 and 707, must have never received professional discipline nor currently be the subject of a pending disciplinary investigation in any other jurisdiction, must be of good moral character and mentally and emotionally fit to engage in the practice of law, must have been lawfully engaged in the active practice of law for five of the seven years immediately preceding the date of application, has not previously engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in Kansas or any other jurisdiction.

Acceptance of MBE Score: Applicants may transfer MBE scaled score of 125 or higher from another jurisdiction if from a concurrent exam or received within 13 months prior to the current exam, provided that the applicant passed the entire exam in one sitting in the transferring jurisdiction.


MISCELLANEOUS

Applicant may take bar exam prior to graduation, provided that applicant graduates within 30 days following administration of the bar exam. See: Rule 706.


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