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RULE 19-205. CHARACTER QUESTIONNAIRE

West's Annotated Code of MarylandMaryland RulesEffective: July 1, 2021

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Maryland Rules
Title 19. Attorneys
Chapter 200. Admission to the Bar
General Admission [Rules 19-201 to 19-214]
Effective: July 1, 2021
MD Rules Attorneys, Rule 19-205
RULE 19-205. CHARACTER QUESTIONNAIRE
(a) Who May File. An individual who meets the requirements of Rule 19-201(a)(1) may commence an application for admission to the Bar of this State by filing with the Board a completed Character Questionnaire and the prescribed fee.
Cross reference: See Rule 19-206 (Notice of Intent to Take the UBE in Maryland) and Rule 19-207 (Notice of Intent to Transfer a Qualifying UBE Score).
(b) Form of Questionnaire.
(1) Generally. The character questionnaire shall be on a form prescribed by the Board and shall be answered under oath. The questionnaire shall elicit the information the Board considers appropriate concerning the applicant's character, education, and eligibility to become an applicant and (A) require the applicant to provide the applicant's Social Security number, and (B) include an authorization to release confidential information pertaining to the applicant's character and fitness for the practice of law to a Character Committee, the Board, and the Court.
(2) Pre-Legal Education. The character questionnaire shall be accompanied by satisfactory evidence that the applicant meets the pre-legal education requirements of Rule 19-201 (a)(1).
(c) Time for Filing. The character questionnaire shall be filed prior to or contemporaneously with any Notice of Intent to Take the UBE in Maryland pursuant to Rule 19-206 or any Notice of Intent to Transfer a Qualifying UBE Score pursuant to Rule 19-207.
(d) Preliminary Determination of Eligibility. On receipt of a character questionnaire, the Board shall determine whether the applicant is eligible to file a character questionnaire pursuant to section (a) of this Rule. If the Board concludes that the requirements have been met, it shall forward the character questionnaire to a Character Committee. If the Board concludes that the requirements have not been met, it shall promptly notify the applicant in writing.
(e) Updated Character Questionnaire. If a character questionnaire has been pending for more than three years since the date of the applicant's most recent character questionnaire or updated character questionnaire, the applicant shall file with the Board an updated character questionnaire contemporaneously with filing any Notice of Intent to Take the UBE in Maryland or any Notice to Transfer a Qualifying UBE Score. The updated character questionnaire shall be under oath, filed on the form prescribed by the Board, and accompanied by the prescribed fee.
(f) Withdrawal of Character Questionnaire. At any time, an applicant may withdraw a character questionnaire by filing with the Board written notice of withdrawal. Withdrawing a character questionnaire shall result in withdrawal of the application for admission under Rule 19-202 (b). No fees will be refunded.
Source: This Rule is new in part and derived from former Rule 19-202 (2018) in part.

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[Adopted Dec. 4, 2018, eff. March 1, 2019. Amended March 30, 2021, eff. July 1, 2021.]
MD R Attorneys, Rule 19-205, MD R ATTORNEYS Rule 19-205
Current with amendments received through May 1, 2024. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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