In this Chapter and Chapter 200 of this Title, the following definitions apply, except as expressly

otherwise provided or as necessary implication requires:

(a) ADA. "ADA" means the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12101, et seq.

(b) Applicant; Petitioner. “Applicant” means an individual who applies for admission to the Bar of Maryland (1) pursuant to

Rule 19-202, or (2) as a “petitioner” under Rule 19-213.

(c) Board. "Board" means the Board of Law Examiners of the State of Maryland.

(d) Court. "Court" means the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

(e) Filed. "Filed" means received in the office of the Secretary of the Board during normal business hours.

(f) MBE. "MBE" means the Multistate Bar Examination published by the NCBE.

(g) Member of the Bar of a State. “Member of the Bar of a State” means an individual who is unconditionally admitted to practice law

before the highest court of that State.

(h) MPT. "MPT" means the Multistate Performance Test published by the NCBE.

(i) NCBE. “NCBE” means the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

(j) Oath. "Oath" means a declaration or affirmation made under the penalties of perjury that a certain

statement of fact is true.

(k) State. "State" means (1) a state, possession, territory, or commonwealth of the United States or (2) the

District of Columbia.

(l) Transmit. “Transmit” means to convey written material in a manner reasonably calculated to cause the

intended recipient to receive it. 

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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