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Nov. 10, 2011
Character and Fitness Deadline Nov. 15

Ohio students in their second year of law school have until Nov. 15 to file the Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission to practice law.

Filing the application starts the student’s character and fitness investigation, an investigation that must be completed before an applicant can sit for the bar admissions examination.

“The second year filing deadline generally provides enough time for a thorough and thoughtful review without running up against bar exam deadlines,” said Lee Ann Ward, bar admissions director.

Ward said applications filed past the second year deadline are subject to late fees in addition to the risk of not completing the character and fitness review before the bar exam.

The Board of Commissioners on Character & Fitness is responsible for ensuring that each applicant for admission to the practice of law possesses the requisite character, fitness, and moral qualifications for admission. The Board consists of 12 members, appointed by the Court, who must be members of the Ohio bar.

Fill out an Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission.