Frequently Asked Questions
What is Character and Fitness as it relates to Bar Admissions?
Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XVII, Section 5(B) defines Character and Fitness: Good Moral Character and Fitness; Definitions.
The term "good moral character" includes, but is not limited to, the qualities of honesty, fairness, candor, trustworthiness, observances of fiduciary responsibility and of the laws of the State of Louisiana and of the United States of America, and a respect for the rights of other persons. The term "fitness" includes, but is not limited to, the mental or emotional suitability of the applicant to practice law in this state.
In satisfying the requirements of good moral character and fitness, applicants should be persons whose record of conduct justifies the trust of clients, adversaries, courts and others with respect to the professional duties owed to them. A record manifesting a significant deficiency in the honesty, trustworthiness, diligence or reliability of an applicant may constitute a basis for denial of admission.