(a) Conditions for admission. - An applicant who is a member of the bar of another state may become a member of the Bar of this State if the applicant:

(1) is of good character and reputation;

(2) provides adequate evidence that, for at least 5 of the 7 years immediately before applying for admission to the Bar, the applicant was practicing law or teaching law or was a judge;

(3) pays the application fee set by the Court of Appeals; and

(4) passes an examination given by the Board.

(b) Rules of Court of Appeals. - The Court of Appeals may adopt rules to govern:

(1) the content and administration of an examination given under this section;

(2) the determination of the character and reputation of applicants; and

(3) any other matter necessary to provide for the admission to the Bar of applicants under this section.

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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