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RE:    Amendments to Appendix A, Part IV, SCACR, Rules of the Board of Law Examiners

Appellate Case No. 2014-001607


The Board of Law Examiners requests the Court approve its proposed amendments to the Rules of the Board of Law Examiners found at Appendix A to Part IV of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules.  Pursuant to Article V, § 4 of the South Carolina Constitution, the Court approves the Board of Law Examiners' proposed amendments to the Rules of the Board of Law Examiners.  Appendix A to Part IV, SCACR, shall state as follows:

Appendix A (A)(3):

3.  Questions requiring essay type answers will be given on Monday and Tuesday of each examination.  The essay portion of the examination may cover any of the following subjects:  Corporations, Agency and Partnership, State and Federal Civil Practice and Procedure, Uniform Commercial Code - Articles 2, 3, 4 and 9, Equity, Legal Writing and Research, Wills, Trusts and Estates, Trial Advocacy, Domestic Relations, and Insurance.  An applicant should be familiar with principles of law which prevail in this State with respect to the foregoing subjects and any aspects of the law which are peculiar to this State.  An applicant shall be expected to know and apply the current case law and statutory law.  The grade an applicant receives will be based both upon the candidate's knowledge of the applicable law as well as the candidate's ability to analyze and apply the law to the facts set forth in the questions. 

Appendix (A)(A)(4):

4.  All answers to the essay questions will be legibly written in examination booklets or prepared on laptop computers using the software approved by the Board of Law Examiners.  Booklets and pens will be provided by the Clerk of the Supreme Court.  Applicants who choose to use laptop computers shall provide their own laptop computers.

Appendix A (A)(5):    

5.  The Multistate Bar Examination as provided by the National Conference of Bar Examiners will be given on Wednesday of each examination.  The Multistate Bar Examination, which is a multiple choice type examination, will cover the following subjects:  Constitution Law, Contracts, Torts, Real Property, Evidence, Criminal Law and Procedure, and (Federal) Civil Procedure.  Information about the Multistate Bar Examination may be found on the National Conference of Bar Examiners' website.  The Clerk of the Supreme Court will provide pencils for this portion of the examination. 

Appendix A (A)(6):      

6.  In instances of inclement weather or other exigent circumstances where it is necessary to promptly communicate with bar applicants, the Board will post the communication on the Supreme Court's website,

These amendments shall take effect ninety (90) days from the date of this order.  See Rule 402(a)(3), SCACR. 

s/Jean H. Toal                                  C.J.

s/Costa M. Pleicones                          J.

s/Donald W. Beatty                             J.

s/John W. Kittredge                             J.

s/Kaye G. Hearn                                  J.

Columbia, South Carolina
September 29, 2014