Rule 712 of the Rules Relating to Admission of Attorneys allows a restricted license for attorneys performing legal services for single employers.
After the application is filed and pending, attorneys may engage in the business of his or her employer, including providing legal services. An attorney actively engaged in the practice of law in Kansas must agree, in writing, to supervise and be responsible for the acts of the attorney during the interim period.
Attorneys are subject to the rules for practice in Kansas, including the CLE requirements.
Attorneys are required to complete an application within 90 days of beginning employment. The application includes:
If the Board recommends denial, the applicant may file with the Clerk exceptions to the Board’s recommendation within 20 days. The Board files its response within 20 days, and the Kansas Supreme Court makes a final determination.
Applicants must appear before the Clerk of the Appellate Courts to take the oath and sign the roll of attorneys.
Applicants who withdraw or fail to pursue his or her application within one year of the filing date must file a new application and pay the required fee. The time will be extended for those awaiting the results or delay of a character fitness investigation, hearing, actions of a Disciplinary Administrator, the Board, or the Kansas Supreme Court.
A restricted license remains in effect for as long as the attorney remains an employee of, and devotes his or her full time to the business, and receives compensation for legal services from no source other than the employer.
When the employment terminates, the right to practice law in Kansas also terminates unless the attorney accepts employment with another Kansas employer. The license terminates upon admission to the Kansas Bar. If the applicant fails the bar exam, the license terminates on the date the results of the exam are announced.