(a) Order of Admission. When the Court has determined that an applicant or petitioner is qualified to practice law and is of good moral character, it shall enter an order directing that the applicant be admitted to the Bar on taking the oath required by law.

(b) Administration of Oath. The oath shall be administered in open court, using the language specified in Code, Business Occupations and Professions Article, § 10-212. If administered in Maryland, the oath shall be administered by a Judge of the Court of Appeals or by the Clerk of that Court. If administered outside of Maryland, the oath shall be administered by a judge or clerk of a court of record who is authorized to administer oaths in the court where the administration occurs.

Cross reference: See Code, Business Occupations and Professions Article, § 10-212, requiring that the oath be taken in open court. 

(c) Time Limitation for Taking Oath--Generally. An applicant or petitioner may not take the oath of admission to the Bar later than 24 months after the date that the Court of Appeals ratified the Board's report pursuant to Rule 19-211 or Rule 19-216 that includes the applicant or petitioner.

(d) Extension. For good cause, the Board may extend the time for taking the oath, but the applicant's or petitioner's failure to take action to satisfy admission requirements does not constitute good cause.

(e) Consequence of Failure to Take Oath Timely.

(1) Applicant seeking admission under Rule 19-201. An applicant who seeks admission under Rule 19-201 but fails to take the oath within the required time period and wishes to be admitted shall reapply for admission and retake the bar examination or transfer a qualifying UBE score and successfully re-complete the Maryland Law Component, unless excused by the Court.

(2) Petitioner seeking admission under Rule 19-215. A petitioner who seeks admission under Rule 19-215 but fails to take the oath within the required time period and wishes to be admitted shall reapply for admission and successfully recomplete the Maryland Law Component, unless excused by the Court.

Cross reference: See Code, Business Occupations and Professions Article, § 10-212, for form of oath. 

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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