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Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction.  Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction.  Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBEX).  

For  information and links to the Character and Fitness Process for the state you are interested in, visit NCBEX Jurisdictions. Keep in mind that character and fitness guidelines vary from state to state. 

When applying to law school, it is important to remember that your law school application will be evaluated when you complete your bar exam application. It is important that you provide accurate details as part of your application to law school. The answers to the questions on your bar admission application will be compared with those provided in your law school application. Discrepancies can result in a delay or a negative consequence, so please be sure your application discloses the necessary events with complete and accurate details.

Law schools word character and fitness questions differently. Please carefully review the character and fitness questions on the ONU application and provide the necessary explanation and documentation as requested. The Admissions Committee and Associate Dean may request additional information, documentation or an interview prior to rendering an admission decision. 

Remember, complete disclosure is best. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions or concerns.