Law School Applications and Bar Admission

When you apply for bar admission, the Colorado Office of Attorney Admissions will request a certificate of graduation and a copy of your law school application.  The Law School will complete this on your behalf, but you must first submit the following authorization form to the Law School (hard copies of the form are available outside the Registrar's office). You can either email the form to lawreg@colorado.edu from your @colorado.edu email address or turn in a hard copy to the FORMS box outside the Registrar's office. You do NOT need to separately submit a LX Form 5 to our office. We will send these items directly to the Office of Attorney Admissions once all grades are finalized. 

Why You Need to Provide Your Law School Application

The Colorado Office of Attorney Admissions compares the character and fitness disclosures on both your bar application and your law school application.  It is important that the information you disclose on both applications is consistent, to the extent the questions are similar.  Inconsistent responses could delay or prevent your admission to the bar.  For example, if you did not disclose something in your criminal history on your law school application but did disclose this on your bar application, this may raise a concern with the bar committee about your honesty or another aspect of your character.

If you would like to view a copy of your law school application, you may do so through LSAC directly and not through the Law School.

How to Amend Your Law School Application

If you made a mistake on your law school application or did not disclose something you should have, you may request to amend your application. To do so, send a written request via email to Melanie Kay with the following:

  • request that you be permitted to amend your application
  • explain what you would like to change about your answers (for example, "I would like to amend my application by changing my answer to question 7, part 4 from "no" to "yes")
  • explain how you would answer the application question now
  • include all information requested by the question (read the question closely to see what it requires)
  • offer any information as to why you did not disclose the information originally and what caused you to do so now
  • NOTE: in writing your request, use an appropriate level of formality for a document that will remain in your records and be provided to authorities evaluating character and fitness to practice law (for example, you may want to start a new email thread or even prepare the letter in a word document so that extraneous correspondence is not included)

Contact Melanie Kay with any questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are questions that students have asked regarding the bar application and character and fitness.

I just realized I need to amend my law school application. Should I do it now, or wait until I apply to the bar?

Please amend your application as soon as you realize you left something out. We will process it right away, and you won't need to worry about it later.

Am I going to get in trouble if I didn't disclose something? Will the bar authorities see my amendment and think I did something dishonest when I applied?

No. We're not looking to "catch" you for making an earlier mistakeeveryone makes mistakes. An amendment to your application shows the bar authorities that you realized your mistake and were honest about it, rather than trying to hide it. It is much better to have an amendment in your application disclosing an incident you left off your application than it is to have the bar authorities find out about the incident on their own.

I was involved in an incident that occurred after I started law school. Do I need to amend my application to include this incident?

Yes. In the certification statement at the end of your law school application, you agreed to report to the law school any new information that would change your answers to the character and fitness questions. We will process this as an update (rather than amendment) to your application.

When I applied, should I have disclosed a traffic violation from several years ago?

It depends—the application changes slightly each year, so you'll want to look back to your original application to our school (you can see it through lsac.org) to understand what information you were required to report. Carefully review the information requested by the questions in the Character and Fitness section. For example, the question regarding non-drug or alcohol traffic violations answered by applicants during the 2016-2017 admissions cycle asks if you have "ever been, in the last five years, investigated, arrested, cited for, charged with, or convicted for any traffic violation." So, if you were cited for a traffic violation in the five years prior to the date you submitted your application, you needed to disclose that, and should do so now via an amendment.

Should I have disclosed a "minor in possession" or "open container" type of violation?

Because the application changes slightly each year, you'll want to look back to your original application to our school (you can see it through lsac.org) to understand exactly what information you were required to report. Carefully review the information requested by the questions in the Character and Fitness section to understand what you needed to disclose. For example, the application for the 2016-2017 admissions cycle asks for all offenses related to alcohol or drugs, meaning you should have reported a minor in possession or open container charge, and should do so now via an amendment.

When the application says to provide information for the past five years, how do they determine when the five years started?

Five years from the date you submitted your application.

What if I don't remember the exact date or details of the incident?

Tell us as much as you can remember. If you need to estimate the date, exact charge, location, fine imposed, etc., please do so to the best of your ability, and let us know you're not 100% sure of certain details. For example: "Sometime in late 2014, I received a speeding ticket for going about 15 miles above the limit in Reno, Nevada. I paid a fine of approximately $150. The Nevada DMV did not have any record of the ticket."

I did not disclose an incident when I applied because the charges were dismissed or I was found not guilty. Do I need to amend to disclose this?

Yes. You were required to report an incident even if the charges were dismissed or if you were found not guilty, so you'll want to amend now to report this incident.

But someone told me that once a charge against me is dismissed, it is like the charge never happened and therefore I shouldn't report it on applications for jobs or schools.

The application asks about incidents that happened, so you should disclose it even if it is not on your record. We ask this question because honesty and candor are important qualities that offices of attorney admissions look for in evaluating applicants. It is far better to have an amendment in your application than it is for the bar authorities to find out about the incident on their own, and realize you did not disclose the incident to the law school.

I applied during the 2016-2017 admissions cycle. Where can I find more information about how I should have answered those specific Character and Fitness questions?

You can see FAQs regarding the Character and Fitness questions for the 2016-2017 admissions cycle application here.