(a) Contents of Application. An individual who seeks admission to the Bar of Maryland pursuant to Rule 19-201 shall apply for admission. The application for admission shall consist of a completed Character Questionnaire filed pursuant to Rule 19-205 and either

(1) a Notice of Intent to Take the UBE in Maryland pursuant to Rule 19-206 or

(2) a Notice of Intent to Transfer a Qualifying UBE Score pursuant to Rule 19-207.

(b) Withdrawal of Application. At any time, an applicant may withdraw an application by filing with the Board written notice of withdrawal. No fees will be refunded.

Committee note: Withdrawal of an application terminates all aspects of the admission process. Compare to Rules 19-206(e) and 19-210(e), pertaining to withdrawal of a Notice of Intent.

(c) Subsequent Application. An applicant who reapplies for admission after an earlier application has been withdrawn pursuant to subsection (b) of this Rule or Rule 19-204 or has been rejected pursuant to Rule 19-204 must retake and pass the UBE in Maryland or transfer a then-qualifying UBE score, even if the applicant passed the bar examination in Maryland or transferred a qualifying UBE score when the earlier application was pending. If the applicant failed the examination when the earlier application was pending, each failure shall be counted under Rule 19-210.

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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