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Revised Rule 402, Admission to Practice Law, SCACR

The Supreme Court of South Carolina has issued an order revising Rule 402, SCACR, effective September 1, 2003. This revised rule makes significant changes to the admissions rule to include changing the application filing periods and the application filing fees. For the February 2004 Examination, however, the order adopting these changes provides that the filing periods and fees before this revision will continue to apply.

2003-08-13-01 The Supreme Court of South Carolina

The Supreme Court of South Carolina

RE: Rule 402, SCACR


Pursuant to Article V, § 4, of the South Carolina Constitution, Rule 402, SCACR, is amended to read as shown in the attachment to this order. This amendment shall be effective September 1, 2003, and shall apply to all bar admissions matters on or after that date with the following exceptions:

(1) The application filing periods and application fees under the current rule shall apply to the February 2004 Bar Examination.

(2) For applicants who have failed the Bar Examination five or more times on the effective date of this amendment, the two-year waiting period to re-take the Bar Examination under Section (j)(2) shall not apply until the applicant fails a Bar Examination given on or after July 2003.


s/Jean H. Toal                                    C.J.

s/James E. Moore                             J.

s/John H. Waller, Jr.                           J.

s/E.C. Burnett, III                                 J.

s/Costa M. Pleicones                        J.

Columbia, South Carolina
August 13, 2003