Make Sure Ethics Test Is Not A Barrier

What makes law a profession and not a business? One difference that snuck up on me after I had finished law school was the background check-also known as the character and fitness review. Maybe I was told about this at some point during law school, but if so, I didn’t remember (I passed, by the way).

Yes, in addition to graduating from law school and passing the bar exam, before being allowed to practice law, lawyers must prove they are of good moral character and general fitness for the practice of law.  And this requirement has become more boldly publicized and transparent over the years.

These days it is wise for anyone considering law as a career, prior to investing those tuition dollars, to acquaint themselves with the character and fitness requirements of the state in which they anticipate practicing.   In Illinois, that means Supreme Court Rule 708. More…

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Jayne Reardon
As a prior trial lawyer, Jayne leads lawyers to embrace the transformative possibilities of future law practice. As a prior disciplinary counsel, Jayne is passionate about promoting the core values of the legal profession. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Notre Dame. Jayne lives in Park Ridge, Illinois with her husband and those of her four children who are not otherwise living in college towns and beyond.
Jayne Reardon

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