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Continuing Duty to Report

In addition to the bar exam, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction.  Almost every character and fitness evaluation will ask a bar applicant to disclose current and historical information about education, employment, residential, and financial information.  It will likely also ask questions about criminal and school discipline and any involvement the applicant has had in legal proceedings. 

The duty to report any character or fitness issues is continuous from the point when you apply to law school through graduation.  If you have questions about this continuing duty to report, please contact the Dean of Students


Conduct Before You Began Law School. The Penn Law admissions application requires you provide information related to character and fitness for any conduct that occurred before you matriculated at the Law School. This includes conduct after you submitted your admissions application but before you began law school. If you have not fully disclosed conduct that should have been reported, you should amend your application immediately. You can do this by submitting an amendment explaining the conduct and the reason for your failure to initially disclose it. This amendment should be in PDF format and should include your signature. You can email your amendment to


Conduct During Law School. Throughout the course of your enrollment at Penn Law, you have a continuing duty to report to the Dean of Students any matters involving your interactions with legal authorities, legal actions taken by or against you, or charges brought by University disciplinary offices. Such actions include but are not limited to arrests, citations, lawsuits, subpoenas, traffic violations, or violations of Penn policies.  

At the time you apply for Bar admission, the Bar authorities in each jurisdiction will seek to determine that information in your Bar application is congruent with your Penn Law student file. In order to simplify your admission to the Bar at such time as you are reviewed for “character and fitness,” you must make any such activity known to the Law School immediately on occurrence.