How to Submit a Moral Character Application That Isn’t Squeaky Clean [LGE 005]

Mar 13, 2018 | Podcast

The moral character application might seem like it’s only something law students need to worry about but if you’re a lawyer who’s looking to be admitted in other jurisdictions, then you’ll certainly want to pay attention. This is especially true if you happen to have a few blemishes in your past that you need to disclose in your application.

In this episode, I offer my tips on how to approach filling out the moral character application that isn’t squeaky clean.

What I Cover in This Episode:

  • Should you disclose any past blemishes on your moral character application, even if they’re tiny incidents that happened a long time ago?
  • When you do disclose unfavorable incidents, what’s the best way to address them?
  • What types of incidents are considered dishonest and thus require disclosure?
  • Why honesty with the bar is far more important than your past indiscretions
  • What to do if you can’t fit your explanation on the actual application
  • Why finding respected professionals, like judges, other lawyers, even doctors and politicians, who are willing to speak to your character through letters of recommendation is important
  • How to decide whether an incident requires disclosure or not?

Resources Mentioned:

Shon Hopwood– Jailhouse lawyer

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