MSU College of Law

CHARACTER & FITNESS DISCLOSURES

If you answer “yes” to any question in Character and Fitness section of a law school application, you’ll need to write a brief statement addressing each incident. Not all schools will ask for the same disclosures, but many schools (including MSU Law) require disclosure of every legal/disciplinary event above the level of a parking ticket. This includes all vehicular moving violations.

If you need to submit an amendment, here’s what you need to do: Be honest. Be succinct.

That means you need to do 3 things:

  1. Acknowledge the incident(s).
  2. Provide the info requested - usually location, date, and outcome.
  3. Accept responsibility.

A character and fitness amendment won’t necessarily impact your admissions decision. But failure to disclose or amend inaccuracies could be a problem when you apply to a state bar. The state bar could request a copy of your law school application, and any omissions from your law school application might instigate an investigation. Better to disclose now than have to deal with it in 3 years.