Character and Fitness
As part of the bar exam application the state bar will investigate your background to basically see if you have been a good person. Just because you got into law school doesn't mean the state bar has to admit you. It is up to you to prove to the state bar that you posses the requisite character and fitness to be a member of the bar. While out of date the Character and Fitness process goes approximately like this: The Florida Board of Bar Examiners: The Use of and Rehabilitation at Formal Hearings (Florida Bar Journal 2000)
The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is administered three times a year in April, August and November. The deadline to register for the exam is two months before the desired test date. According to Florida Bar rules an applicant may take the MPRE anywhere he chooses provided the applicant forwards the score to the Florida Bar.
Also according to the Florida Bar the MPRE score remains valid for 25 months before and after admission of the test. Therefore, an applicant can take the MPRE as soon as the start of their second year all the way up to two years after the applicant takes the general Florida bar exam.
It is down to the last year. Now it is time to pick your final set of classes. What classes should you take? According to the Florida Bar, you are responsible for being able to answer questions in the following categories:
Business Organizations, Professional Responsibility, Evidence and Criminal Procedure are all required courses that are on the bar exam. Other classes that are recommended for those looking to take classes related to bar topics include:
It is important for any applicant to get started on the Florida Bar Exam application well in advance of the deadlines. Unless an applicant applied as a 1L, the applicant fee is $1,000.00
For the July Exam The deadlines are as follows
May 2 with no additional fee June 1 with a $325.00 additional fee June 15 with a $625.00 additional fee.
A complete description of what goes into an application can be found at the Florida Bar website. Application Checklist
As part of your tuition here at Ave Maria, you will be provided with a bar review course. Those classes and materials are referred to as the "Comp Bar".
In order to use a laptop on the essay portion of the bar exam the laptop must be registered in advance with the Florida Bar. The cost to register the laptop is $125.00 and must be registered by either June 1st for the July bar or January 1st for the February bar.