Incoming Students

Candor in Law School


It would be difficult to overemphasize the importance of candor in law school and thereafter as a lawyer.  Your obligation to be candid begins with your law school application.  The law school application’s character and fitness question asked you to disclose certain matters relating to past disciplinary actions, termination from employment and criminal charges.  Please take the time now to review your application to be sure it is accurate.  If you have any questions about this, please immediately contact Terese Brown, Director of Student Affairs.  Failure to be candid in an application is taken very seriously by the law school and the Character and Fitness Committee of the Bar.  A memorandum from the Maryland Bar Examiners on this very issue is a must read for all incoming students.  Please take time to read “Candor in Law School and the Bar Admissions Process.”

In addition, you have a continuing obligation to report in writing any citations, charges, summonses or arrests that have occurred since you applied to Maryland.  This obligation continues throughout your time in law school.  Failure to disclose these matters could delay or preclude your admission to practice law.  Do not let this happen to you.   If you have any questions about what to disclose, please contact Terese Brown, Director of Student Affairs at tbrown@law.umaryland.edu or 410.706.5235.

Err on the side of over disclosure.


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