In order for an additional degree from an ABA approved law school to qualify under Rule 19-201 (b):

(a) the applicant, in the course of meeting the requirements of the award of the degree from the applicant's law school, shall complete a minimum of 26 credit hours from among the bar examination subjects listed in Board Rule 4 and federal civil procedure and;

(b) the applicant shall furnish the following documents and certifications in a form required by the Board:

(1) a certification from the dean, assistant dean or acting dean of an ABA approved law school that the applicant's foreign legal education, together with the applicant's approved law school degree, is the equivalent of that required for an LL.B. or a J.D. Degree in that law school;

(2) a certification from the dean, assistant dean or acting dean of an ABA approved law school that the applicant has successfully completed a minimum of 26 credit hours from among the bar examination subjects listed in Board Rule 4 and federal civil procedure; and

(3) all documents considered for admission of the applicant to the degree program of an ABA approved law school must be submitted by the law school and translated into the English language.

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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