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MISSOURI BOARD of LAW EXAMINERS

MISSOURI BOARD of
LAW EXAMINERS

Information for Law Students

Law Student Registration (1L and 2L ONLY) - Seeking an Early Character & Fitness Determination

The law school registration is for those seeking an early determination of character and fitness in their 1L or 2L year only.  All applicants for admission to the bar must submit an Application for Character and Fitness Report, which allows the Board to conduct a background investigation to determine if the applicant possesses the requisite character and fitness for admission to the bar. For additional information about the character and fitness process, review the FAQ.

If you file the Application for Character and Fitness Report, Authorization and Release and the corresponding fee by the first June 30 after you begin law school, you qualify for a reduced application fee. Once the first June 30 after you began law school has passed, you no longer qualify for the reduced fee and are no longer eligible to submit the LSR - 1 - On or before the first June 30 application.  However, you may still file to seek an early character and fitness determination (i.e., prior to applying to take the bar exam) pursuant to Rule 8.05(c), between the first June 30 and the second June after you began law school. Once the second June 30 after you began law school has passed, you cannot seek an early determination and must wait and apply for the Bar Examination in accord with the exam filing deadlines set out in Rule 8.07.

Submitting an Application for Character and Fitness does NOT register you to take the bar examination. You must submit an Application for Bar Examination in your final semester of law school in order to register for the bar examination. We do not accept applications for the July exam before February 1 or for the February exam before September 1.

To apply for an early character and fitness determination prior to your last year of law school, click here ».