180 East 5th Street, Suite 950
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101

Phone: (651) 297-1857 | Fax: (651) 297-1196
Email: ble.cle.blc@mbcle.state.mn.us

Character and Fitness Requirements

To be licensed to practice law in Minnesota, an applicant to the bar must be a person of good character and fitness. The Board will make a finding of good character and fitness before an applicant is licensed.

The Board offers the following resources related to its character and fitness process:

1. “Character and Fitness for Admission to the Bar” – a printable guide that outlines the good character and fitness standard

2. “Character and Fitness Frequently Asked Questions” – an online version of the guide

3. For additional character and fitness questions not answered by the above resources, you may call the Board office and speak anonymously to the Attorney for the Character and Fitness or the Director about character and fitness issues. They will advise you regarding how the Board has handled similar issues in the past. A final determination will not be made until you apply.

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