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Supplemental Remarks (continued )
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 speci ed in rule pertaining to ineligibility.
Montana An applicant found guilty of a felony is conclusively presumed not to have present good moral character and  tness. The presumption ceases upon completion of the sentence and/or period of probation.
Ohio Applicants convicted of a felony must meet speci c conditions and undergo additional review before they can be approved.
Oregon An applicant shall not be eligible for admission after having been convicted of a crime, the commission of which would have led to
disbarment in all the circumstances present, had the person been an Oregon attorney at the time of conviction.
Texas Felony conviction or probation for a felony offense with or without an adjudication of guilt is a bar to application for 5 years after completion of sentence/probation; thereafter, the applicant must demonstrate present good moral character.
Northern Mariana Islands Ineligible unless applicant has been granted full pardon. Palau Ineligible unless applicant has been granted full pardon.
Does a separate entity evaluate character and  tness?
Alabama The Committee on Character and Fitness of the Alabama State Bar conducts hearings and makes a determination for law student registrants and applicants seeking admission by bar examination, reciprocity, and transfer of UBE score.
Georgia The Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants is separate and distinct from the Board of Bar Examiners. The Fitness Board makes character and  tness determinations. The Of ce of Bar Admissions reports to both Boards, and both Boards must certify an applicant to the Supreme Court.
Illinois Committee appointed by the Supreme Court determines whether applicants having been assigned to the committee for certi cation possess good moral character and general  tness for admission to the practice of law.
Indiana The Indiana Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness interviews each applicant and then submits a report and recommendation to the Board of Law Examiners, which makes a  nal determination.
Kentucky The Character and Fitness Committee is responsible for determining the eligibility of applicants for admission to the Kentucky Bar. Maryland Character Committees appointed by the Court of Appeals of Maryland perform character investigations and interviews and make
recommendations to the State Board of Law Examiners.
Mississippi The Board of Bar Admissions appoints persons to serve on the Committee on Character and Fitness. This committee reviews applications, conducts conferences and hearings with applicants, and makes recommendations to the Board. The Board makes the  nal determination to approve or deny an applicant on character and  tness grounds.
Montana Montana’s Character & Fitness Commission, which is separate from the Board of Bar Examiners, evaluates all applicants to determine certi cation.
New York Character and  tness applications are processed by 1 of 4 appellate departments.
Ohio Local bar association admissions committees make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness, which
makes  nal determinations. This Board is separate from the Board of Bar Examiners.
Rhode Island The Rhode Island Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness makes character and  tness determinations for the Court. The Committee on Character and Fitness is separate from the Rhode Island Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners, which deals with testing content and administration.
Vermont The Character and Fitness Committee.
Washington The Washington Supreme Court makes the  nal character and  tness determinations.
West Virginia District Character Committee conducts character and  tness investigation and interviews each applicant, then submits report and recommendation to the Board of Law Examiners.
Do your rules provide for conditional admission?
Texas Rule provides for probationary licensing for chemical dependency and other circumstances in which the Board determines that the protection of the public requires temporary monitoring.
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