(a) Educational Requirements. Subject to section (b) of this Rule, in order to take the Maryland General Bar examination an individual:

(1) shall have completed the pre-legal education necessary to meet the minimum requirements for admission to a law school approved by the American Bar Association; and

(2) shall have graduated or be unqualifiedly eligible for graduation with a juris doctor or equivalent degree from a law school

(A) located in a state and (

B) approved by the American Bar Association.

(b) Waiver. The Board may waive the requirements of subsection (a)(2) of this Rule for an applicant who

(1) has passed the bar examination of another state, is a member in good standing of the Bar of that state, and the Board finds is qualified by reason of education or experience to take the bar examination; or

(2) is admitted to practice in a jurisdiction that is not defined as a state by Rule 19-101 (k) and has obtained an additional degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association that meets the requirements prescribed by the Board Rules.

(c) Minors. If otherwise qualified, an applicant who is under 18 years of age is eligible to take the bar examination but shall not be admitted to the Bar until 18 years of age.

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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