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What is the Bar application process like?

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2020 | Moral Character, Receiving And Maintaining Professional Licenses |

Going through law school can be its own strenuous process, making the Bar application process seem like it adds insult to injury. You may have anticipated the exam at the end of law school, but the application process is even more overwhelming for many.

The most significant part of your application to the Bar Association is the “character and fitness” portion. Both you and the Bar Association have many items to check off before they will grant you a license to practice law.

Here’s what you should know about the process and how you can make it easier on yourself.

Gather your information

You may remember the last few places you lived, but do you remember all of them? Depending on where you are seeking admission, you may need to gather information for the last 10 years or more.

When you decide where to apply for Bar admission, look up the information they request. In some cases, it could take a significant amount of time to get all the information you need.

Judging moral turpitude

The knowledge that a group of people is going to search through all your records can be stressful. The Bar may request and look through documents, including:

  • Traffic tickets
  • Past professional license records
  • Criminal history
  • Financial records

As you are preparing to apply for Bar admission, start making a file of records you need to request and those you have received. Also, you may get follow-up requests as you go through the process.

Keep in mind, the Bar will do an investigation of their own and will generally be suspicious if they find a record you did not disclose. It is always better to supply the information during your initial application and meet the Bar with honesty.


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