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How do I complete a moral character application?

When applying for admission to the State Bar of California, you will need to complete a moral character application. You can get the application from the Bar’s website or the Office of Admissions.

According to the State Bar of California, you must complete every question on the Application for Determination of Moral Character for them to accept it. You also must sign it and include the correct fee. In addition, you want to include two recently completed fingerprint cards or a Request for Live Scan Service.

Preparation

You may need to do some research into the question within the application. It is your responsibility to ensure you understand what the questions ask. Finally, you need to read and understand the application instructions to ensure that you complete it correctly.

You also have to understand the moral character requirements. The Bar expects you to be honest and to disclose all requested information. You must be accurate and should never omit anything from your application.

Other notes

The Bar may ask for additional information. If this occurs, it is your responsibility to provide the information in a timely manner. If you fail to do so, the Bar can reject your application. If you have changes after applying, you must also alert the Bar about them promptly.

Submission

You should plan to submit your application early. It takes about 180 days to process it once the Bar determines you have provided all the information necessary. Most people will submit it during the last year of law school. At a minimum, you should plan to submit it at least eight months before you wish to begin working as an attorney in the state.

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