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Order Issued Amending Rule 7A

An order dated November 20, 2018 was issued promulgating amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Bar.

Background:

On May 18, 2017, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued an Order for the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners to study Rule 7A (eligibility for admission based on years of practice) of the Rules for Admission to the Bar (Rules), including whether and how the Board should treat part-time legal work and periods of leave.  On September 12, 2017, the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners published a public notice seeking comments to Rule 7A.  The public notice outlined the ways that Applicants to the Minnesota bar may provide evidence of competence under the Board’s current Rules and provided information on the scope of the Board’s current review.  The Board received 6 written comments, which are included as Exhibits to the report.  On January 16, 2018, the Board held a public meeting to discuss the issue.  The four parties that requested to present were invited to appear and an open invitation to the meeting was posted to the Board’s website.  Following the meeting, the Board made a preliminary recommendation, which the Board posted to the website to invite further public comment.  On June 1, 2018, the Board filed the Report with the Court.  Exhibits A-I to the report may be found here.  Exhibits J-R to the report may be found here.

On July 19, 2018 the Court issued an Order seeking public comment. The Court received one comment. On November 20, 2018, the Court issued an Order amending the Rules.