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Character and Fitness to Practice Law

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Because your law school application provides information relevant to certification to a state bar, you should fully disclose on the application any information that may in any way reflect on character and fitness to practice law. Law schools are required to provide bar examiners in every state with an assessment of the student's character and fitness for the practice of law. This requirement can include information you provided on your application, including prior criminal proceedings or other disciplinary actions. Failure to fully disclose this information on the law school application can result in revocation of the admission offer, disenrollment after matriculation or other disciplinary action. Applicants are required to promptly advise the Admissions Office of any changes to the facts presented in the application once it has been submitted and leading up to matriculation.