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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

Details about applying for admission to the Kansas bar and a copy of the Petition for Admission (bar application) can be found on the website of the Kansas Judicial Branch.

Kansas has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), as have numerous other jurisdictions, including our neighboring states of Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado.

To obtain a license to practice law in Kansas, applicants must comply with the Petition for Admission, 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 Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (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.

Missouri Bar

Missouri has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), as have 20 other jurisdictions, including Kansas.

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.

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.

 


Contact the Career Services Office

Arturo Thompson, Assistant Dean
arturot@ku.edu | 785-864-9257

Leah Terranova, Director
leaht@ku.edu | 785-864-4357

Meredith Wiggins, Career Counselor
meredith.wiggins@ku.edu | 785-864-4377

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