Character & Fitness
Question 1 in the Character and Fitness section of the application requires candidates to report any disciplinary action taken against them at any college or university; Question 2, any academic probation, warning, suspension and/or dismissal. Questions 3-5 are about specific violations of law, including any traffic violation resulting in a fine over $200, or which resulted in revocation or suspension of a candidate’s driver’s license.
Applicants must respond completely and accurately to all questions on the law school application.
Applicants answering “yes” to any question must provide both a detailed explanation for each response and official documentation from the college/university or court documenting the final disposition of each occurrence. Official documents must clearly identify the agency that is providing the disposition of the incident. Official documents obtained from an online source must include a Web address (URL).
It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all documentation for each “yes” response. Students uncertain about their academic and/or disciplinary history should contact the Student Judicial Affairs office at each college or university attended. (Current or former UF students should contact Student Judicial Affairs at 202 Peabody Hall, P.O. Box 114075, Gainesville, FL 32611, phone 352-392-1261).
Admission to the Levin College of Law is contingent upon the accuracy of required information furnished as part of the application process. Failure to furnish required information or misrepresentation of such information can result in the withdrawal of an offer of admission prior to matriculation, dismissal from the college after matriculation, rescission of the student’s degree after graduation, and/or forfeiture of all fees and charges paid and academic credit earned. Any such failure to disclose or any misrepresentation may result in an investigation by the Law School Admission Council’s Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process Subcommittee. It may also affect admission to a state bar.
After submitting the application, applicants are required to immediately notify the Levin College of Law of any changes in data that occur either prior to a decision or matriculation. This includes information required by questions 1-5 in the Character and Fitness section of the application.
Applicants should be aware that, in conducting character and fitness investigations, state bar authorities frequently request copies of candidates’ applications for admission to law school to determine if the information is accurate and demonstrates full disclosure. Discrepancies or omissions may call into question the applicant’s fitness for admission to a state bar, since they reflect on the applicant’s character, ability to follow directions, trustworthiness, honesty and reliability.
Each state establishes bar registration and admissions standards for individuals who wish to practice in that state. One important aspect of admission to practice is an evaluation of an applicant’s character and fitness to practice law. States subject applicants to the bar to a rigorous character and fitness investigation before admission to practice. Applicants are strongly encouraged, prior to matriculation, to contact the Board of Bar Examiners in the states where they intend to practice to determine the rules that will apply to their bar admission in those states, including what constitutes proof of sufficient character and fitness.
The Levin College of Law strongly prefers that applicants who answer “yes” to any of the character and fitness questions combine their explanation and all official documents into one attachment and upload it via the LSAC online application website.