Rule 14-707. Application; deadlines;withdrawals; postponements and fees.
(a) Form. Each Applicant must submit aComplete Application for admission in accordance with the instructionsprescribed by the Bar. Such application shall include an authorization andrelease enabling the Bar to obtain information concerning the Applicant.
(b) Filing deadlines generally. Exceptas otherwise provided herein, the Bar shall receive Complete Applications byOctober 1 preceding the February Bar Examination and by March 1 preceding theJuly Bar Examination. A Complete Application will be accepted up to 15 calendardays after the filing deadline if accompanied by the prescribed 15-day latefee. A Complete Application will be accepted up to November 1 for the FebruaryBar Examination if accompanied by the prescribed 30-day late fee and up toApril 1 for the July Bar Examination if accompanied by the prescribed 30-daylate fee. In accordance with the filing instructions and information for theapplication, late or incomplete applications will not be accepted with thefollowing exceptions:
(b)(1) An Applicant who will completeall law school academic requirements prior to the Bar Examination, but whoselaw degree will not be conferred until after the application filing deadline mayfile the certificate of law school graduation after the application has beensubmitted. Certificates of law school graduation must be received by the Bar nolater than thirty (30) calendar days prior to the Bar Examination. In the eventthe certificate of law school graduation is not timely received by the Bar, anApplicant will not be permitted to take the Bar Examination.
(b)(2) An Applicant who has notreceived the criminal background report may submit the application without acriminal background report provided the Applicant provides proof that acriminal background request has been filed prior to submission of theapplication. Sufficient proof of submission of the criminal background requestshall be by declaration in the form prescribed by the Bar. In order for theApplicant?s name to be included on a motion for admission the criminalbackground report must be submitted to the Bar no later than thirty (30)calendar days prior to the date the motion is submitted to the Court. TheCharacter and Fitness Committee may withdraw or modify its approval based uponinformation contained in the criminal background report. In the event thecriminal background report is not timely received by the Bar, an Applicant willnot be included on the motion for admission.
(c) Filing deadlines for DisbarredAttorneys. Disbarred Attorneys may not file an application for admission untilthe later of five years after the effective date of the license revocation orthe date specified in the disciplinary order. Disbarred Attorneys must complywith Rule 14-717(b), if applicable. Complete Applications for DisbarredAttorneys shall be received by the Bar by September 1 preceding the FebruaryBar Examination and by February 1 preceding the July Bar Examination. Lateapplications for Disbarred Attorneys are not permitted.
(d) Withdrawal of applications andrefunds. To withdraw an application, written notice must be provided. Ifwritten notice of withdrawal is received by the Admissions Office 30 calendardays or more before the examination date, one-half of the filing fee shall berefunded, unless the Applicant withdraws after appearing before the Characterand Fitness Committee or after the Bar has incurred nonrefundable expensesrelated to a test accommodation request. Late fees, computer fees, and theapplication fees of Applicants not taking the Bar Examination arenonrefundable.
(e) Postponement of application. AnApplicant may only postpone or transfer her or his application due to emergencycircumstances or pursuant to Rule 14-708(b)(4)(A). Emergency transfers aresubject to the following restrictions.
(e)(1) The Applicant must provide awritten request, including payment of the prescribed transfer fee, prior to theconclusion of the Bar Examination.
(e)(2) Proof of the emergency must beprovided. The reasons for the transfer are limited to two circumstances:
(e)(2)(A) a personal medical emergency,or
(e)(2)(B) a death in the immediatefamily.
(e)(3) The transferring Applicant mustspecify which future Bar Examination she or he plans to take. The exam must betaken within the next two scheduled Bar Examinations.
(e)(4) The Applicant must provide anUpdated Application by filing a Reapplication for Admission form, updating anyinformation that has changed since the prior application was filed and a newcriminal background check. The Reapplication for Admission form should besubmitted by the initial application deadline of October 1 preceding theFebruary Bar Examination and March 1 preceding the July Bar Examination. AReapplication for Admission will be accepted up to 15 calendar days after thefiling deadline if accompanied by the prescribed 15-day late fee. AReapplication for Admission form will be accepted up to November 1 for theFebruary Bar Examination if accompanied by the 30-day late fee and up to April1 for the July Bar Examination if accompanied by the prescribed 30-day latefee.
(e)(5) An Applicant is entitled to onetransfer only.
(f) Retaking the Bar Examination. AnApplicant failing the Bar Examination who wishes to retake the examination mustfile an Updated Application by filing a Reapplication for Admission form,updating any information that has changed since the application was filed and anew criminal background check. Late applications will not be accepted.
(g) Closure of application. AnApplicant must resolve all application deficiencies and gain character andfitness approval within one year of filing the application or the application willbe closed.
Effective September1, 2020.