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CHART 2: Character and Fitness Determinations (continued)
	

                       Does your        Will a felony      Does a       Do your rules   What categories of conditional                           Does your
                    jurisdiction have  conviction bar     separate       provide for   admission do your rules permit?                        jurisdiction have
                                        an applicant   entity evaluate   conditional
                        published                      character and     admission?                                                             a structured
                     character and          from           fitness?                                                                             program for
                                        admission?
                          fitness                                                                                                                 deferring
                      standards?*                                                                                                               admission?

Jurisdiction        Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes No                                        Substance                                              Yes No
                                                                                          abuse
                                                                                                  Mental
                                                                                                      disability
                                                                                                                Debt
                                                                                                                          Criminal
                                                                                                                             history
                                                                                                                                       Other

Oregon              X                  X XX XXXXX                                                                                                      X

Pennsylvania           X XXX                                                                                                                           X

Rhode Island        X                  XX X X X                                                                                                        X

South Carolina      X                  XX                               X                                                                              X

South Dakota        X                  X XX XXX                                                                                                        X

Tennessee              X X XX XXXXX                                                                                                                    X

Texas               XX                                     XX                          XXXXX                                                           X

Utah                X                  XX                               X                                                                              X

Vermont             X                  XX                               X                                                                              X

Virginia            X                  XXX                                                                                                             X

Washington          X                  XX                               X                                                                              X

West Virginia          X XX X XXXXX                                                                                                                    X

Wisconsin           X                  X XX XXXXX                                                                                                      X

Wyoming             X                  XX X XXX                                                                                                        X

Guam                X                  X XX XXXXX                                                                                                      X

N. Mariana Islands     XX                                  XX                                                                                          X

Palau                  X XXX                                                                                                                           X

Puerto Rico            X XX X                                                                                                                          X

Virgin Islands         X XXX                                                                                                                           X

*While every jurisdiction evaluates the character and fitness of applicants for admission, not all publish codified standards under which they do so.

                                                       Supplemental Remarks

Will a felony conviction bar an applicant from admission?

Connecticut Rebuttable presumption of lack of good moral character.

Florida Not an automatic bar, but restoration of civil rights is required to apply for admission. Applicant must provide satisfactory evidence of good
moral character.

Georgia Not an automatic bar, but a pardon or restoration of civil rights is necessary.

Illinois Convicted felons must first receive character and fitness certification before being permitted to write a bar examination.

Indiana Conviction of felony is prima facie evidence of lack of requisite good moral character. Applicant has the burden to overcome prima facie
evidence.

Kansas Persons convicted of a felony are ineligible to apply for admission until 5 years after the date of successful completion of sentence or
period of probation.

Mississippi Persons convicted of a felony except manslaughter or a violation of the Internal Revenue Code are ineligible.

Missouri Persons convicted of a felony are ineligible to apply for admission until 5 years after the date of successful completion of sentence or
period of probation and until they meet all of the other requirements specified in rule pertaining to ineligibility.

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