Earlier this month, Kentucky became the sixteenth state to adopt a rule for military spouses in the United States.
This year alone, Maryland, Indiana, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have all formulated laws to accommodate these men and women.
According to Rule 2.113, any spouse of active military personnel may be admitted to practice in Kentucky if he/she meets the following requirements:
- Has been admitted by examination to practice law before the court of last resort in any state or territory within the United States or of the District of Columbia;
- Has never failed the Kentucky Bar Examination;
- Holds a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and has passed the MPRE;
- Is in good standing AND an active member in the bar of one US state or territory or the District of Columbia where the applicant is currently admitted to practice law, and is a member in good standing in all jurisdictions where the applicant has been admitted;
- Not subject to lawyer discipline or any pending disciplinary matter in any US jurisdiction or territory or the District of Columbia and possesses good character and fitness to practice in Kentucky;
- Has submitted all requested character investigation information;
- Has read and is familiar with the Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct
All of the changes to the above rules will become effective as of January 1, 2016.