Admission to Practice Law – Bar Examination and Character and Fitness
Graduation from law school is only the first step towards becoming a member of a State or Territory’s bar. Bar applicants must also pass the bar exam and meet the character and fitness and other qualifications of the jurisdiction(s) in which they intend to practice law. It is possible to pass a bar exam and be denied admission to the bar based on character and fitness concerns. Learn more at the American Bar Association Admissions Information site.
Applicants should consult the website of the bar organizations in the jurisdiction(s) in which they intend to practice law and familiarize themselves with admission requirements. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to contact a bar official as necessary with any specific character and fitness concerns to discover whether past conduct might keep them from being admitted to a bar following graduation from law school. Applicants with significant concerns may also choose to consult an attorney.