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?
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