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Assistance with Character and Fitness Disclosures

In order to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, prospective lawyers must pass the Bar Exam and meet educational and character and fitness standards.  The deadline to apply for the February Bar Exam is fast approaching.

During the application process, the character and fitness assessment can prevent a law applicant from becoming an attorney. Information regarding the character and fitness standards can be found on the Board of Law Examiners’ website. If a prospective lawyer has a potential reportable incident, it is important that he or she be completely honest, accurate, and thorough on her or his application.

If you have something that needs to be reported to the Board of Law Examiners on your application, consider hiring an experienced attorney to help you with your application to make sure that you sufficiently disclose, including providing the proper documentation of the incident at hand. It can save time, money, and heartache down the road if you make sure your application addresses your concern correctly from the start. If you fill out the character and fitness portion of the application yourself, there is a higher probability that it will not meet the Board’s high standards for candor, which could result in an admission denial. You will then need to hire an attorney to oversee the lengthy, stressful, and expensive appeal process.

Partner John Leonard and associate Marisa Ciarrocki are experienced with helping students and other aspiring Pennsylvania lawyers through both the disclosure process of bar applications and the appeals process. Contact them at (215) 567-1530 or by emailing [email protected] or [email protected].


Published October 18, 2017

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