GCO 1986-2

April 10, 1986


     It appears proper to permit persons who respond effectively to some part(s), but not all, of an examination, to receive partial credit toward passage of the examination.  It is therefore ordered that Rule 11.C. of this Court's Rules for Admission to Practice are amended by modifying the provisions under the heading, "The Written Examination" in Rule 11.C. to read as follows:

The Written Examination

All applications for written examination shall be filed, with supporting documents and application fee of twenty five ($25.00) in the offices of the FSM Supreme Court in Pohnpei at least 30 days before the date scheduled for the written examination, although, upon showing of good cause, the Court may permit filing of applications and documents after that time.

An examination will normally be administered on the first Thursdays of March and August of each year, and the duration of each examination will be approximately five (5) hours.  The written examination may cover any legal issue relevant to the practice of law within the Federated States of Micronesia constitutional law, Federated States of Micronesia statutory law, Micronesian customary law, criminal law, legal ethics, evidence, admiralty, legal research, Federated States of Micronesia procedural rules, and administrative law.  The examination questions, and answers, shall be in English.

Any citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia who has graduated from a law school within the meaning of Rule II(a)(2) of these rules, and any FSM citizen who has passed at least one of the three sections of the examination, shall be permitted to take an unlimited number of examinations until such person has successfully completed the entire examination.  All other applicants shall be limited to a maximum of three (3) written examinations within a five (5) year period.

     The examination shall consist of the following three sections:

               Section            Percent of Exam
               General                     70
               Evidence                   20
               Ethics                      10  
               TOTAL                    100%

     A score of 65% of the points available in an examination will be a passing score.  Any person who earns a score equal to 65% or more of the points available in any of the three sections identified above will receive credit for the section(s) even if he or she fails to earn 65% or more of the points available overall in that exam.  Thereafter, that person need not only to complete successfully the remaining section(s) in subsequent examinations in order to receive credit for successful completion of an entire examination.

     Upon Court certification of successful completion of the examination, the applicant shall be certified as an attorney entitled to practice law before the Federated States of Micronesia Supreme Court.

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