Bar Character and Fitness Requirements

The American Bar Associationís Standards for Approval of Law Schools require law schools to provide to applicants information regarding the character and other qualifications for admission to the bar in the state in which the applicant intends to practice. Each applicantís character and fitness to practice law must be established as a prerequisite to licensure. As a result, when you apply to the bar, you are required to provide relevant detailed background information, which is carefully evaluated by bar examiners. Any information that reflects adversely upon the character or fitness of an applicant may be treated as cause for further investigation. Such background information includes events that occurred before and during law school. Acceptance by Emory Law School does not guarantee certification by the state bar examiners. Each state has its own requirements regarding character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar. You are encouraged to determine what the admission requirements are for each state in which you intend to practice law.

For more information about the character and fitness determinations conducted by various jurisdictions, please consult the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admissions, which is published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, or by contacting a given jurisdiction directly. Addresses for the individual boards of bar examiners can be found at or

Guidance on how to answer Emory Law's Character and Fitness questions on our application can be found here.