Character and Fitness Overview

As part of the process of seeking a certificate for admission to the bar from the Board of Law Examiners, an applicant must complete an application and provide background information for the purpose of enabling the board staff to conduct a character and fitness investigation and determination.

In addition to answering the questions on the application, an applicant will be asked to provide facts and a detailed explanation regarding specific incidents. To verify the accuracy of the information provided in the application, or to obtain additional information, the Board may contact the applicant's employers, colleges and law schools, courts, medical providers, police agencies, credit agencies and other sources.

The board staff reviews the application and investigates the applicant’s fitness and qualifications. For a bar exam application, the board staff makes a determination on character and fitness after the applicant passes the bar exam. The character and fitness review process can take from a few weeks to more than one year depending on the nature of the investigation, the issues involved, response to requests for additional information, cooperation from outside sources, and other factors.

For any unanswered questions, additional information, or details on where to send supplemental information, applicants should consult the contact information for the Board office.