Monday, April 23, 2007

Random Bar Admission Questions

The application for admission to the Maryland Bar asks the following question: "Have there been any circumstances or unfavorable incidents in your life, whether at school, college, law school, business or otherwise, which may have a bearing on your character and fitness to practice law, not called for by the questions contained in this questionnaire or disclosed in your answers?"

Iowa: Are you currently, or in the past three years, engaged in the illegal use of drugs? Applicants are instructed that "you may assert the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination."

New York asks about any child support obligations and,if so, if there are more than four months of arrearages. (Mike Frisch)

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Alabama asks whether under Alabama law, are you permitted to marry your widow's sister.

Posted by: Childress | Apr 23, 2007 2:37:39 PM

Aren't references usually asked to answer a catch-all question, such as "are you aware of any additional facts, favorable or unfavorable, in the applicant's background?" Are the deans of law schools asked a similar question?

Posted by: steve lubet | Apr 24, 2007 9:32:20 AM

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