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The Online Bar Application is designed to lead applicants through submitting the required application information and documents step by step. We encourage applicants to review the documentation that will be required well in advance of applying and to begin making any necessary third-party requests. For a preview of what documents will be required, please see the following checklists:
Yes. As a repeat applicant, you must submit a new application and provide all of the required disclosures and supplemental forms in your application, even if you have provided them in a previous application. These instructions are also included within the Online Bar Application; they appear in Section 3 after you indicate that you have previously applied to our office.
If you are a repeat applicant, certain documentation does not need to be resubmitted, as specified below:
- You do not need to resubmit any records or supporting documents that were previously attached to or uploaded with your supplemental forms, or were uploaded through your Applicant Portal. However, you do need to provide any items that were previously posted to the To Do List on your Applicant Portal as deficiencies and were not marked complete.
- You do not need to provide a new Certificate of Graduation from your law school if the Board received it during a previous application.
- You do not need to submit new character affidavits if the affidavits in a previous application were executed within the past two years.
- You do not need to submit a new credit report if you submitted one that is dated within the past 12 months.
In places where the application automatically requires uploads that you are not required to provide, please type “Repeat Applicant” in the Upload Comments field.
For motion (Rule 7) applicants, the Board will send a degree verification inquiry to your law school during the processing of your application to verify compliance with Rule 4A(3). The Board will advise you if there are any issues receiving a response from the law school.
The affidavits must be from someone who meets these requirements:
- Not related to you by blood or marriage, or living at the same residence
- Has known you at least 1 year
- Not a fellow law student during your enrollment (if you know a law student from another school, it is okay to use them)
- Not listed as one of your references (we may be contacting your references, so we want the affidavits from two other individuals who support your admission)
The statement in the affidavit must meet these requirements:
- Describe how long and the circumstances under which the person signing the affidavit has known you
- Describe what the person signing the affidavit knows about your character and general reputation
- Provide any other information about your character and fitness to practice law
Electronic copies are accepted but typed signatures are not. The affidavit must have been signed by the affiant and must be notarized or include the following language immediately above the signature block: “I declare under penalty of perjury that everything I have stated in this document is true and correct.” See Rule 2A(1).
See Rule 4B(4) for complete language or see sample affidavits.
- Each application for admission or for any bar exam that included character and fitness questions.
- For jurisdictions that use a single bar application, you must provide a copy.
- For jurisdictions that have separate applications for exam registration and character and fitness, provide a copy of the character and fitness application. If you only registered for the exam, a copy of the registration form is not required.
- An authentic document from the proper authority in each jurisdiction where you have been licensed stating that you are in good standing.
- An authentic document from the proper authority in each jurisdiction where you have been licensed indicating whether you are the subject of any pending complaint or charge of misconduct.
- (If not listed on the certificate of good standing) An authentic document from the proper authority in each jurisdiction where you have been licensed showing your date of admission to the bar.
See Rule 4D. You must contact the jurisdiction where you have applied or are admitted to request these documents, except bar applications that you have retained a copy of to provide. See the Board’s website for contact information in other jurisdictions.
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