Legal Profession Curriculum - Mandatory 2L Program on Financial Responsibility

Attention Second-Year Law Students (graduating in December 2014, May 2015, or August 2015):
On Tuesday, February 4, at 12:10 p.m., the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students. The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility.

Elizabeth Feamster, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).

Your attendance at the February 4 program is a requirement for graduation.  Please mark your calendar now.  If you anticipate a work conflict, please make arrangements now to ensure your attendance.