Character and Fitness for the State of Indiana
While testing and education may indicate competence to engage in the practice of law, the public interest also requires review of an applicant’s character and fitness to engage in the practice of law.
Each state sets its own requirements for admission to the bar. These requirements normally include character and fitness requirements as well as other requirements. Applicants are advised to contact the state bar in the state in which they intend to practice for further information.
Continuing Obligation to Disclose Information
In addition to the policies above, all students are reminded that in order to comply with state bar examiners’ character and fitness requirements for admission to the bar, all students attending the Law School have a continuing obligation to disclose immediately any and all circumstances and events occurring after the date of submission of their application until the date of their graduation which may bear on their character and fitness to be admitted to the Bar. This includes, but is not limited to, the four questions that were asked on the Law School application.
These disclosures should be made in writing to the Dean.
The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is administered by the Law School Admission Council on behalf of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The MPRE is a 60-question, two-hour, multiple-choice examination administered three times per year at established test centers across the country. There are 50 scored questions and 10 non-scored pretest questions. Since the pretest questions are indistinguishable from those that are scored, it is important that examinees answer all questions in the examination.
The purpose of the MPRE is to measure the examinee’s knowledge and understanding of established standards related to a lawyer’s professional conduct; the MPRE is not a test to determine an individual’s personal ethical values. Lawyers serve in many capacities: for example, as judges, advocates, counselors, and in other roles. The law governing the conduct of lawyers in these roles is applied in disciplinary and bar admission procedures, and by courts in dealing with issues of appearance, representation, privilege, disqualification, and contempt or other censure, and in lawsuits seeking to establish liability for malpractice and other civil or criminal wrongs committed by a lawyer while acting in a professional capacity.
The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and is administered by participating jurisdictions on the last Wednesday in February and the last Wednesday in July of each year. The purpose of the MBE is to assess the extent to which an examinee can apply fundamental legal principles and legal reasoning to analyze given fact patterns.
The MBE contains 200 multiple-choice questions, 190 of which are scored. The 10 unscored questions are being evaluated for future use; because these questions are indistinguishable from the scored questions, examinees should answer all 200 questions. The exam is divided into morning and afternoon testing sessions of three hours each, with 100 questions in each session. The 190 scored questions on the MBE are distributed as follows: Constitutional Law (31), Contracts (33), Criminal Law and Procedure (31), Evidence (31), Real Property (31), and Torts (33).