I have heard a lot about Character and Fitness. As a 1L, is there anything I can do now to start the process?
One step in admission to the State Bar of Arizona is passing Character and Fitness. The Character and Fitness portion ensures that our State Bar admits ethical, professional attorneys. You start building your professional reputation in law school. Character and Fitness requires you to provide attorney and/or professor references who attest to your high moral character and fitness to be admitted to the State Bar. Thus, building your professional reputation starting in your first year of law school is important. This includes your reputation among your colleagues as well as your online reputation.
Is there anything I can start studying now?
You can start taking note of study methods that work for you now and methods that do not work. Do you work better in a group? Using flashcards? Using a white board? Are you a visual learner? An auditory learner? Figuring out what works for you now and building good study habits now, will help ensure your success in passing the bar exam.
AZ Judicial Branch FAQs Document & Contact
(1) Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination ("MPRE") - An MPRE score is valid for up to two years. Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. 35(b)(8). Thus, students can take the MPRE during law school.
When: Many students choose to take the MPRE after taking the Professional Responsibility course.
(2) Character and Fitness - This is a long and detailed background check. Click here for a sample report. The Character Report may not be submitted prior to the application for bar examination. If you must appear before the Committe on Character and fitness, see Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. 36 for the procedure. Check out the "Character and Fitness" tab at the top of this page.
When: 2nd semester 3L after registering for the actual bar exam
When: 120 days prior to graduation provided all the requirements of the rule are satisfied
or following graduation
(4) Arizona Supreme Court Course on Arizona Law - pursuant to Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. 34(b)1.F for applicants of Admission on Uniform Bar Exam (testing in Arizona or transfer) and Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. 34(f)1.H for applicants of Admission on Motion.
Guide to Admission Requirements
The American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and the National Conference fo Bar Examiners publishes a yearly booklet on Bar admission requirements from different jurisdictions. You may access it from the ABA website by clicking the link below or check out the print version from the ASLS Law Library Academic Success Collection.
This publication has a lot of information including a Directory of State Bar Admission Agencies.
Arizona Summit Law School Library
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