(a) Right to examination. - (1) An applicant who otherwise qualifies for admission to the Bar is entitled to be examined as provided under this section.

(2) Notwithstanding § 10-207(c) of this subtitle, an individual under the age of 18 years may take the examination.

(b) Time and place of examination. - Subject to the rules adopted by the Court of Appeals, the Board periodically shall give examinations to applicants at the times and places that the Board determines.

(c) Notice of examination. - The Board shall give each applicant notice of the time and place of examination.

(d) Subjects and method of examination. - Subject to the rules adopted by the Court of Appeals, the Board shall determine the subjects, scope, and form of and the passing score for examinations.

(e) Examination results. - The Board shall report to the Court of Appeals:

(1) the results of each examination that the Board gives; and

(2) recommendations about the character and reputation of each applicant who passes the examination.

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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