(a) Subject Matter. The out-of-state attorney examination shall be prepared and graded by the Board and shall consist entirely of questions requiring essay answers. It shall relate to:

(1) Maryland Rules of Procedure governing practice and procedure in civil cases and criminal causes in all the Courts of the State of Maryland, including the Appendix of forms,

(2) the Maryland Attorneys' Rules of Professional Conduct, as set forth in Title 19, Chapter 300 of the Maryland Rules,

(3) the provisions of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, and

(4) the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

(b) Time--Duration. The attorney examination shall be conducted contemporaneously with a part of the essay day of each regularly scheduled general bar examination. A total of three hours writing time shall be allowed for the entire test. The point score allotted for each question shall be noted on the examination sheet.

(c) Requirement for Passing. In order to pass the examination, a petitioner shall attain a score of at least 70% of the total point score allotted to the entire test.

When the Board of Law Examiners or a Character Committee questions your character and fitness for bar admission, bar applicants should retain an attorney to assist in disclosing information relevant to character and fitness, to guide them through the bar admissions process, and to represent applicants in hearings before the Character Committee, Board of Law Examiners and Court of Appeals of Maryland to determine whether they are fit to practice law. Character and fitness concerns may arise in connection with prior criminal convictions, academic dishonesty and honor code violations, addictions, drunk driving, neglected debts, and a failure to disclose material information on law school applications or on bar applications. If you have a history of misconduct, traffic citations, crimes, arrests and other facts to disclose in response to the character portion of the Maryland Bar Application, you should strongly consider retaining bar admissions counsel if you want to avoid denial of a law license and be granted a license to practice law. This is even true for applicants for admission to law schools as these applications ask similar questions about character. A failure to disclose facts material to your admission could result in a denial of bar admission.

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