Bar Admissions Services

Invest in Experienced Bar Admissions Counsel"Attorneys who represent themselves have fools for clients."

This is even more true of applicants for admission to the bar.  If full-fledged lawyers would be foolish to represent themselves, those who aspire to join their ranks should be especially reluctant to do so.

Those who rush through bar applications without consulting an attorney on troublesome character issues have only themselves to blame for a multitude of problems arising thereafter.  You simply cannot charm your way through character interviews or subsequent hearings.

Considering all that you have invested in your career, you owe it to yourself to seek the advice of an attorney with experience in guiding applicants through character and fitness reviews.


   Applications to Law School Must be Handled with Care   Law School Application Assistance
A failure to properly answer questions on your law school application may jeopardize your career before it even starts. Rather than waste three years of your life, a few hours of consultation on troublesome character issues can help you make the required disclosures and preserve your credibility with the admissions committee. If you later discover an error or omission in your application, most schools let their students supplement with additional disclosures long after enrollment, but you should consult with experienced counsel when doing so.
  Application for Admission to the Maryland Bar   Bar Application Assistance
Rushing through the application process will not hasten your admission to the bar.  If you are concerned about certain questions posed, or how best to respond to sensitive issues, you would be smart to consult with an attorney.
  All Bar Applicants Are Interviewed by a Member of the Character Committee   Personal Interview
This is more than a mere formality.  Instead of "winging it" through this interview, consult with us on a strategy designed to address issues of concern without hurting your chances of admission.
  Character Committee Makes Recommendation on Admission of Candidate   Character Committee Hearings
If a member of the Character Committee raises concerns over your application, you would be foolish to attend a hearing by yourself.  In many cases, members of the character committee will expect you to take the case seriously enough to engage the services of an attorney with experience in character and fitness reviews.
  Maryland Board of Law Examiners makes recommendation to Court of Appeals   Hearings Before the Board of Law Examiners
After the Character Committee makes its recommendation, the Board may hold a hearing of its own before a recommendation to the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Like any hearing, an applicant whose character or fitness has been called into question should retain experienced counsel.
  Maryland Court of Appeals makes the final decision on Bar Admissions   Court of Appeals Representation
In some cases, you may need to take your case to Maryland's highest court to secure admission to the bar.  Because this Court has the last word on the issue, you need the services of an attorney who has briefed and argued cases before this Court to advocate for your admission.
When the Board of Law Examiners or a 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 hearings before the Character Committee, Board of Law Examiners and Court of Appeals of Maryland 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, you should strongly consider retaining bar admissions counsel if you want to avoid denial of a law license and be granted 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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