When Should Bar Applicants Begin Their Character and Fitness Applications? Perry Says Now

In an American Bar Association Student Lawyer publication, Braden Perry discusses the benefits to gathering information early for Character and Fitness Applications.

The key, said Perry, is to stay organized and focus on being consistent. “Consistency is often overlooked,” he said. “One of the things the Kansas Board of Law Examiners and other bar examiners do is look at your law school application, as well as any other applications they’re able to come across, and determine if there are inconsistencies. If there are, that’s a red flag.”

What type of information should you track? Perry suggested including:

  • All the names you’ve ever used
  • All your residences for the last 10 years
  • Your education, along with any disciplinary activity that occurred
  • Your employment and unemployment in last 10 years
  • Your criminal history, including alcohol-related charges and moving violations
  • Bankruptcy and credit information, including outstanding debts or defaults

To view the article in PDF form, please see: Ready, Set, Go! For more information or assistance with Character and Fitness Applications, Corporate Background Checks, or Security Clearances Applications, please contact Braden Perry.

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About Braden Perry: A former federal enforcement attorney and veteran in regulatory compliance and white collar defense, Mr. Perry has expertise and consults with clients throughout the United States in areas of internal investigations, enforcement matters, regulatory issues, and corporate transactions, including advising on mergers and acquisitions in highly complex regulatory structures. Mr. Perry has a deep understanding and first-hand experience with antitrust, securities, financial institutions, commodities, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and other emerging compliance and enforcement issues. Mr. Perry is a frequent contributor to financial and legal publications, including Lawyers.com, LawTV, Compliance Crossing, and NerdWallet.com.