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The Supreme Court of South Carolina

In re: Amendment to Rule 402(d)(1), SCACR


Pursuant to Article V, § 4, of the South Carolina Constitution, Rule 402(d)(1), SCACR, is amended. The following language shall be added to the end of Rule 402(d)(1), SCACR:

Petitions seeking permission to file a late application are strongly discouraged, and only petitions documenting extraordinary circumstances justifying the late filing will be granted. If a petition for late filing is submitted, the petition must comply with the provisions of Rule 224, SCACR, must contain facts showing that extraordinary circumstances exist, and must be accompanied by a fully completed bar application, along with all required original attachments. Under no circumstances will petitions be accepted for filing after March 15 for the July Bar Examination or November 15 for the February Bar Examination. Unless otherwise directed by the Court, the filing fee for a late application will be $1,500, plus an additional $500 fee if the applicant has been admitted to practice law for more than one (1) year in another state or the District of Columbia at the time the application is filed. The filing fee is non-refundable and may not be credited to a later examination.

This amendment shall take effect immediately.


s/Jean H. Toal                                    C.J.

s/John H. Waller, Jr.                           J.

s/Costa M. Pleicones                        J.

s/Donald W. Beatty                            J.

s/John W. Kittredge                           J.

Columbia, South Carolina
April 10, 2009