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CHART 2: Character and Fitness Determinations (continued)
Jurisdiction
Does your jurisdiction have published character and  tness standards?*
Will a felony conviction bar an applicant from admission?
Does a separate entity evaluate character and  tness?
Do your rules provide for conditional admission?
What categories of conditional admission do your rules permit?
Does your jurisdiction have
a structured program for deferring admission?
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Oregon
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Pennsylvania
X
X
X
X
X
Rhode Island
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
South Carolina
X
X
X
X
X
South Dakota
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Tennessee
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Texas
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Utah
X
X
X
X
X
Vermont
X
X
X
X
X
Virginia
X
X
X
X
X
Washington
X
X
X
X
X
West Virginia
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Wisconsin
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Wyoming
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Guam
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
N. Mariana Islands
X
X
X
X
X
Palau
X
X
X
X
X
Puerto Rico
X
X
X
X
X
Virgin Islands
X
X
X
X
X
*While every jurisdiction evaluates the character and  tness of applicants for admission, not all publish codi ed 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.
District of Columbia A formal hearing conducted by the Committee on Admissions is mandatory for applicants who have a felony conviction.
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  rst receive character and  tness certi cation 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.
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CHART 2: Character and Fitness Determinations 5
Substance abuse
Mental disability
Debt
Criminal history
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