Even if you pass the Maryland bar examination, you must prove that you have the moral character and fitness to practice law before you can obtain a law license. In applying for admission to the bar, applicants must honestly disclose prior criminal history, substance abuse or drug addictions, alcoholism, sexual misconduct, debts, academic dishonesty, driving history, and other offenses. To avoid penalties for failure to disclose information requested in the bar application, the help of an experienced bar admissions attorney can make the difference between an unfavorable report and a recommendation for admission to the bar. Such counsel is just as critical at hearings before the Character Committee and before the Board of Law Examiners of Maryland.

When the Maryland Board of Law Examiners, DC Bar Committee on Admissions, or any 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 character committee hearings and in hearings before the Court of Appeals 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 or the DC Bar's NCBE application, you should strongly consider retaining bar admissions counsel if you want to avoid denial of a law license and get 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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