Character & Fitness Issues

It would be difficult to overemphasize the importance of candor in law school and thereafter as a lawyer. You obligation to be candid begins with your law school application.

When you applied for admission, you answered several “character and fitness” questions.  In addition, our application instructions explained that applicants “have a continuing duty throughout the application, admission and enrollment process to inform the Admissions Office of any changes in the information provided….” Please take the time now to review the disclosures you made on your application to ensure that those disclosures are accurate and up-to-date.  Failure to be honest and candid in the application process can have serious consequences.  If you have any questions about this, contact me immediately at skrinsky@law.umaryland.edu.

Also, please be aware that you have a continuing obligation to report in writing any citations, charges, summonses, or arrests that occur not only after you submitted your application but throughout your time in law school.  Failure to make these disclosures could delay or preclude your admission to practice law.  Again, if you have any questions, please ask me.  It is always best to err on the side of over-disclosure.

You may find, when you apply to take a bar exam, that the bar application requires disclosure of specific types of misconduct not requested on your law school application.  For that reason, once you are enrolled here, we will ask you to disclose even minor traffic violations which you were not obligated to disclose on your law school application.  You may wish to begin gathering that information now, as we will ask both for violations that took place prior to your enrollment and any that take place going forward.


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