Bar Admissions

Character and Fitness Determination

Standard 504 sets out a law school's responsibility to assess an applicant's character and fitness qualifications and to advise applicants that such qualifications exist for admittance to the school and for admission to the bar. Students should refer to Chart 2 of the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements for the character and fitness determinations in the state(s) in which they plan to sit for the bar examination.

Applicants from Foreign Law Schools

Standard 507 addresses the requirements for admitting foreign law school applicants to U.S. law Schools. Foreign applicants should also refer to Chart 4: Eligibility to Take the Bar Examination in the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Exam Requirements and contact the state board of examiners in the state(s) in which they wish to sit for the bar exam. A directory of state bar admission agencies can be found in the Comprehensive Guide.

Law Students with Disabilities

The ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law provides a free directory, Bar Information for Applicants with Disabilities, with state bar requirements on requesting accomodations for the bar exam and the form of questions asked for character and fitness as they relate to dsabilities. The directory also includes a listing of applicable state laws and cases regarding these issues.

 

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