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Character and Fitness

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1. What does it mean to meet the good character and fitness standards?
2. What are the essential eligibility requirements for the practice of law in Minnesota?
3. How important is candor in the application process?
4. What is a common reason for denial of a bar application?
5. Will any incident in my past automatically disqualify me from admission to the bar?
6. What if I have a felony on my record?
7. What kinds of conduct might show that an applicant does not have the necessary qualities of honesty, trustworthiness, diligence, or reliability?
8. How does the Board conduct further inquiry?
9. How does the Board determine the appropriate weight and significance to give prior conduct?
10. What can an applicant do if the applicant believes his or her record may cause further inquiry?
11. Why is evidence of rehabilitation so important?
12. What kind of inquiry will be conducted if an applicant has abused drugs or alcohol, or has been treated for chemical abuse or dependency?
13. If an applicant receives alcohol or drug treatment during law school, will this delay admission?
14. Why are mental or emotional conditions relevant to a bar application?
15. Once the applicant discloses confidential medical, psychological, or chemical dependency treatment records to the Board, will the Board keep those records confidential?
16. Why does the Board inquire about misdemeanor or felony arrests not resulting in convictions?
17. Why are financial problems, such as past due debts, relevant to admission?
18. Can I make an anonymous call to the Board and ask anonymous questions about what to expect because of my past conduct?
19. Can I ask for a Character and Fitness interview?
20. What is conditional admission?
21. When does the Board use conditional admission?
22. May an applicant suggest conditional admission?
23. What are the conditions required for conditional admission?
24. Is a lawyer’s conditional admission public information?
25. What happens if the conditions are violated?
26. How long is the conditional admission period and what happens when it is completed?
27. How can I request conditional admission?


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