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What Happens After Filing a Moral Character Application?

Applying for a Moral Character Application is a crucial step for individuals seeking admission to practice law. Once you have submitted your application, it's natural to wonder what happens next. In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the post-filing process, helping you navigate through the steps involved and addressing common concerns along the way.

Acknowledgment of Receipt

After filing your Moral Character Application, the first step is typically receiving an acknowledgment of receipt. This confirmation assures you that your application has been received and is being processed. It's important to keep a copy of this acknowledgment for your records.

Background Investigation

Once your application is received, a thorough background investigation will be conducted. This investigation aims to evaluate your moral character and assess your suitability for admission to practice law. It involves reviewing your educational qualifications, employment history, criminal records, drug use, debt, and more.


  • Review the instructions for the Application for Determination of Moral Character and Application for Extension of Determination of Moral Character

  • Ensure all the information provided in your application is accurate and complete.

  • Provide as much relevant information as possible, even in areas you do not know all the answers to.


During the assessment phase, your application will be reviewed by the California State Bar. It is usually processed within 180 days, however, it may take longer if they receive a high volume of applications or if an applicant requires further investigation and/or review by the State Bar. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.


  • To check the status of your application, use the Applicant Portal

  • Prepare yourself mentally for a potential informal conference with the State Bar staff if there are any issues.

Decision and Notification

After the assessment, the State Bar will make a decision regarding your application. You will be notified of the outcome, which can be one of the following: approval, denial, or a request for further information or clarification.

Speak With a Qualified State Bar Lawyer For Guidance

Filing a Moral Character Application is just the beginning of a meticulous process that determines your eligibility for practicing law. Understanding the steps involved and being prepared can significantly increase your chances of a favorable outcome. If you require professional assistance or legal guidance throughout this process, Samuel C. Bellicini is here to help.

For more information, contact us online or call (415) 298-7284 today.