Moral Character Determination Application
Welcome to the State Bar of California's Application for Determination of Moral Character
PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE BEGINNING THE ONLINE MORAL CHARACTER APPLICATION.
Separate and distinct applications are required to register, and for the moral character determination, First-Year Law Students' Examination, California Bar Examination, and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination.
This Online Application is only available for Moral Character Determination Applicants. If you want to submit a Moral Character Extension, you will need to submit a paper application.
If you want to apply as a Multijurisdictional Practice (MJP) Applicant, please go to www.calbar.ca.gov and click on the Attorneys tab.
An attorney who is suspended, disbarred, or otherwise not in good standing in any jurisdiction may not submit an application.
Once the application has been submitted online, you must print, sign, and mail a paper copy to the Los Angeles Office of Admissions State Bar.
Please be aware, that once you have submitted the online Moral Character Application, you will not be able to make any changes to the information online. You will have to submit changes in writing to the Los Angeles office.
If you do not receive an email confirmation, you have not successfully submitted the online Moral Character Application.
Please do not type in foreign accents on the Online Application.
You MUST FIRST REGISTER as a law student or as an attorney applicant with the State Bar of California's Office of Admissions.
You must have a US Social Security number to register. Please do not use a Tax Identification Number. Click here for details.
You only need to Register once!
Most applicants attending California law schools registered when they first began the study of law. If you have previously taken an examination administered by the State Bar of California's Office of Admissions, you are already registered.
If you are a general or attorney applicant and have not previously registered, click the back arrow to go to the Registration Application.
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You may receive important email notifications from the State Bar of California's Office of Admissions regarding the status of your application and/or admission status at the email address you provide on your application.
Applicants may check the status of their moral character determination application by logging into the State Bar's online application system with their SSN/Registration Number, date of birth, and file number and accessing their Admission Status Screen (Status Screen). The Status Screen provides applicants with general information regarding their progress towards fulfilling the admission requirements.
The information is updated on a daily basis and indicates which requirements have been met and which are pending or not yet satisfied.
A VISA or MASTERCARD credit card is required to use the online application system. Debit Cards with the VISA or MASTERCARD logo are also accepted.
Last updated: 1/12/2017 10:10:00 AM PST
Please carefully read these instructions. Each applicant is required to be aware of all requirements which follow and to comply with each one that is applicable.
If you have not registered with the Office of Admissions, you must first submit the Registration application.
In answering questions appearing on the Application for Determination of Moral Character, applicants should consider the following:
Rule 4.40 (A) and 4.40 (B) of the Admission Rules states that:
(A) An applicant must be of good moral character as determined by the Committee. The applicant has the burden of establishing that he or she is of good moral character.
(B) "Good moral character" includes but is not limited to qualities of honesty, fairness, candor, trustworthiness, observance of fiduciary responsibility, respect for and obedience to the law, and respect for the rights of others and the judicial process.
Rule 4.41(A), of the Admissions Rules states that:
An applicant must submit an Application for Determination of Moral Character with required fingerprints and the fee set forth in the Schedule of Charges and Deadlines. An attorney who is suspended, disbarred, or otherwise not in good standing in any jurisdiction may not submit an application.
Instructions for Application for Determination of Moral Character
Summary of Requirements for Admission to Practice Law in California
Please carefully read the summary of requirements for admission to practice law in California before completing the application. If you wish to have a copy of the current Admission Rules you can access the Rules on the Internet by visiting the Admissions portion of the State Bar's website at admissions.calbar.ca.gov.
To be admitted to practice law in California, an applicant must:
- Complete the necessary pre-legal education;
- File a registration application and be permitted to register as a law student or attorney applicant;
- Complete the required legal education;
- File an application, establish eligibility, take and pass the First-Year Law Students’ Examination, or establish exemption from the examination;
- File an application, establish eligibility, take and pass the California Bar Examination;
- File an application for moral character determination and receive a positive moral character determination from the Committee of Bar Examiners;
- File an application, take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, and achieve a scaled score of 86.00 or greater, which examination is administered and graded by the National Conference of Bar Examiners;
- Comply with California court-ordered child or family support obligations.
There is no requirement of citizenship or residency, and there is no reciprocity with other states.
How To Use The State Bar of California's Application for Determination of Moral Character
To complete the online application, simply type your answers in the corresponding fields or select your answers from the pop-up lists (where applicable).
After you complete a screen, click the NEXT button at the bottom or on one of the sections listed on the left column to move to a different screen. Before you are allowed to jump screens, we will inspect your data on the current screen for errors or inconsistencies. If errors or omissions are found, you will be returned to the screen to correct your answer(s). Otherwise, your data will be saved and you will proceed to the requested screen. We also allow you to skip to another screen without your new data being saved. Be aware that if you use the Skip & Jump function on the left column, data on the current screen will not be saved and will have to be re-entered prior to submittal.
Once you have completed the application, click the 'SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION' button located on the last screen to submit the application.