Bar Admission Process . Missouri Supreme Court Board of Law Examiners 407 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101 (573) 751-9814 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mble.org. Missouri Supreme Court. The Court regulates the legal profession, including admission to the bar.
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Missouri Supreme Court
Board of Law Examiners
407 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101
The Court regulates the legal profession, including admission to the bar.
Supreme Court Rule 8 was adopted by the Court to govern the admission process.
The Court created and authorized the Board of Law Examiners to oversee the process.
Six Missouri attorneys appointed by the Court for a 6-year term.
Board certifies to the Court that you have met the requirements for admission and the Court issues your license.
If the Board denies your application, you can seek review by the Court of the Board’s decision.
Must comply with all provisions set out in Rule 8;
File all application forms required by the Board and pay required fees;
Pass the Missouri bar examination and the MPRE;
Receive approval of the Board as to eligibility and character and fitness.
Detailed application and thorough background investigation.
You bear the burden of proof.
Look at the “big picture” of how you conduct yourself based on the info in your application and our investigation.
Occasionally, required to appear before the Board for a hearing.
Law students are encouraged to file the C&F Application during first or second year of law school - before third year.
If you don’t file the C&F Application in your first or second year, you must wait and file it concurrently with the Application for Bar Examination in your final semester.
Get the Board’s preliminary determination. Time to work through any C&F concerns.
Escalating fee - the sooner you file, the less you pay. Postmark by October 1 for lowest fee of $200. Review the Fee Schedule on the web.
Avoid $50 fee for Rule 13 certification when you enroll in a clinic.
File the Application for Bar Exam in your final semester of law school.
Non-refundable fee. If you don’t apply to take MO bar exam or drop out of law school, there is no refund of fees.Only Part of the Process
Honesty, integrity, trustworthiness;
Respect for the law and Code of Professional Responsibility;
Diligence & reliability;
Ability to comply with deadlines;
Respect for the rights and welfare of others;
Failure to disclose or lack of candor in application or during investigation;
Academic or other misconduct at an educational institution;
Misconduct in employment;
Acts of dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation;
Lack of respect for legal system;
A condition or disorder that currently impairs your behavior, judgment, understanding, capacity to recognize reality, ability to function in school, work or other life activities, or ability to practice law in a competent and professional manner.
Your age at time; recency of conduct;
seriousness of conduct; surrounding circumstances;
reliability of information; your candor in disclosing;
do you accept responsibility for your acts;
evidence of rehabilitation; positive social contributions since the conduct.
Has the problem conduct ended?
Has your life changed in ways that suggest that similar conduct is not likely to recur?Your Current Character & Fitness
If you have plead guilty or no contest to or been found guilty of a felony, you’re ineligible until 5 years AFTER you complete any sentence or probation.
Includes suspended imposition of sentence (SIS).
Per se disqualification to file an application for admission - Board has no discretion.
The Board inquires into all areas of MISCONDUCT. Acquittal or dismissal is relevant but is not dispositive of the issue for the Board.
The more detailed explanation you give in your application, the better.
Attach the police narrative report to your application.
Honor code violations are a common reason for Board to issue a denial.
Includes academic and nonacademic grounds for discipline.
Disclose regardless of whether record has been expunged, canceled, annulled, or no record was made.
We ask if you’ve ever been fired, asked to resign, allowed to resign in lieu of invol. discharge from ANY employment.
We ask if you’ve ever been formally investigated, reprimanded, disciplined, or suspended by an employer or supervisor.
Disclose even if you disagree with employer’s version of events. Employer will tell us so make sure you disclose.
Appear for court dates; do not repeatedly violate traffic laws; do not file frivolous law suits; do not disregard court orders.
Demonstrate respect and professionalism in the application and admission process;
Respond promptly and fully to inquiries from Board and staff on Board’s behalf.
Condition or disorder that impairs your behavior, judgment, ability to function, i.e., your ability to practice law.
The Board views positively those who recognize need for and seek treatment and are compliant with treatment.
Evidence of an untreated or uncontrolled condition is of concern.
Don’t create an issue for yourself by failing to disclose information in the application or during the investigation.
Lack of candor and honesty is the most common ground for denial.Lack of Candor
File written Update Form to notify Board of any change to any information provided or sought in the application.
Do NOT wait until the matter is resolved to file an Update Form.
Make sure we have your current address.
Rule 8.11(e) - approval is not permanent and binding.
Continue to update following approval.Approval