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INFORMATION SHEET AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR
THE 2021 DELAWARE BAR EXAMINATION AND THE
APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE DELAWARE BAR


WARNING: THIS APPLICATION DIFFERS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS. PLEASE READ EVERY INSTRUCTION CAREFULLY AND THOROUGHLY. APPLICATIONS THAT FAIL TO INCLUDE ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION AT TIME OF FILING WILL BE REJECTED.

THE BAR EXAMINATION


Date & Location

The 2021 Delaware Bar Examination ('Bar Exam') will be administered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, July 26-28, 2021. At the time that this application is being released, the Board is monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and has not announced the manner or location of the 2021 bar exam. Once that decision has been made it will be posted on the Board’s website. Applicants should monitor the Board’s website for future updates.

Typing The Bar Exam On Your Laptop

Each applicant must register directly with Examsoft and pay the registration fee of $100 to use ExamSoft software to type their answers to the Delaware Bar Exam on their own laptop. The laptop that you use for the bar exam must meet Examsoft’s recommended system requirements. Further Examsoft instructions will be provided to applicants prior to the exam. Applicants will be required to follow the instructions and complete any required mock exams before they will be granted permission to take the exam.

You will receive an e-mail directly from Examsoft once the Examsoft registration window opens. If you change your e-mail address after you file your application, you must notify the Executive Director via a separate e-mail so that your record with Examsoft can be updated. Updating your application does not automatically update your record with Examsoft.

FILING YOUR APPLICATION


Deadline

The Application and all documents you are required to submit with the Application at the time of filing MUST be filed electronically with the Board NO LATER THAN 4:30 p.m. ET on May 3.Waivers of the May 3 filing deadline will not be granted.

Filing Fees

If you file your Application on or before 4:30 p.m. ET on April 1, the non-refundable filing fee is $700 if you are not admitted in another jurisdiction, and $800 if you have been admitted to practice elsewhere. If you file your Application after 4:30 p.m. ET on April 1 but on or before 4:30 p.m. ET on May 3, the non-refundable filing fee is $1,400 if you are not admitted in another jurisdiction, and $1,600 if you have been admitted to practice elsewhere.

The filing fee must be paid online at the time you file your Application, and must be paid via credit card.  In order to be eligible for the lower filing fee for filing on or before April 1, your Application must include all information, documents, and forms which are required to be submitted at the time you file your Application. If you do not include all required information, documents, and forms, and your First Affidavit of Completeness does not set forth a reasonable explanation of what efforts you made to obtain the required documents and forms (and why you were unable to obtain them), your application will be deemed not filed and you will be required to pay the higher May 3 filing fee in order to be eligible to sit for the Bar Exam.

COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION


General Instructions

The Application has two parts: the application itself, and blank forms associated with specific questions in the application. Answer every question, and complete every form you are required to submit because of your answer to a specific question. Do not download and complete a form until after you have answered the question that relates to that form. When completing the Application, click the radio button next to 'Yes' or 'No' to indicate your answer to a question. Your responses to such questions are not complete unless and until you choose one of the available radio button responses, and the online application software will not allow you to complete and file your Application until you have made all of the required radio button responses. When completing forms and other documents, type your answers or print legibly. Do not use abbreviations unless they are self-explanatory or you provide a clear explanation of their meaning wherever they are used.

E-Mail Address

The Board will communicate with you primarily via e-mail therefore it is imperative that you ensure that your e-mail address in your application is accurate at all times and that the e-mail address that you provide is for an account that you check daily.

Addresses

Addresses are essential for a thorough and timely evaluation of your Application. Where addresses are requested, you must provide complete and accurate numbers, street names, cities, states, and ZIP codes. When identifying a state, use the two-letter postal designation for the state.

Dates

Dates must be provided in numerical format in month/day/year format, such as 10/05/09 to indicate October 5, 2009.

Reasonable Efforts

The information you provide in the Application must be as full, accurate, and complete as is reasonably possible. If you have any uncertainty as to your response to any question or any information you may have to provide (such as names, dates, and locations), you must make reasonable efforts to consult with all persons or entities (such as family members, courts, agencies, and schools) you reasonably conclude might be able to resolve any uncertainty or provide additional information needed to make your responses full, accurate, and complete.

Special Instructions For Questions 26-28

Questions 26-28 in the Application inquire about circumstances that may affect an applicant’s ability to meet the professional responsibilities of a lawyer. This information is treated confidentially by the Board. The purpose of such inquiries is to determine the current fitness of an applicant to practice law. Treatment, monitoring, or participation in a support group are not, by themselves, bases on which the Board will deny admission. The Board encourages applicants who may benefit from assistance to seek it.

The Board may deny admission to applicants whose ability to function is impaired in a manner relevant to the practice of law at the time that the licensing decision is made, or to applicants who demonstrate a lack of candor by their responses. This is consistent with the public purpose that underlies the licensing responsibilities assigned to the Board, and the applicant’s responsibility for demonstrating qualification to practice law.

The Board does not seek information that is fairly characterized as situational counseling. Examples of situational counseling include stress counseling, domestic counseling, grief counseling, and counseling for eating or sleeping disorders.

In order to protect the confidentiality and limit the disclosure of information disclosed to the Board in connection with Questions 26-28, applicants should not disclose to their preceptors (or employers) their responses to Questions 26-28, regardless of whether an applicant answered 'Yes' or 'No' to any of the questions. The requirement that a preceptor certify having reviewed and discussed the application with the applicant does not extend to or include Questions 26-28.

Reporting Your MPRE Score

If you have already taken the MPRE you must enter the date that you took the test in the space provided. If you have not taken the MPRE, please leave that space blank until you have taken the test. The Board will verify your score with the NCBE and enter it into your application.

Providing Your Social Security Number

Providing your Social Security number to the Board is a voluntary decision under the Federal Privacy Act of 1974. The Board requests your Social Security number to assist the Board in expediting its investigation of your character and fitness, and to help avoid errors of identification which could lead to delays in completing the certification and licensure process.

Providing Your NCBE Number

On your Application you must provide your NCBE number that is assigned by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The NCBE requires us to collect NCBE numbers for all applicants for test security and tracking purposes. If you do not have an NCBE number, you must register with the NCBE to obtain one.

DOCUMENTS


There are a variety of documents you must file with your application in order for the application to be considered complete and for you to be eligible for admission to the Delaware Bar. The documents break down into three categories:

  • Documents all applicants must submit when they file their applications;
  • Documents some applicants must submit when they file their applications, depending on their answers to certain questions; and
  • Documents all applicants must submit in order for their application to be considered, but which do not have to be filed at the time they file their applications.

Documents You Must Submit With Your Application

You must submit all of the following documents when you file your online application in order for it to be considered complete:

  • One high quality digital Passport Photograph (taken in the last 30 days). Photographs older than 30 days, selfies, and pictures of physical photographs are not acceptable.
  • Official College Transcripts
  • Law School Application
  • Official Law School Transcripts (interim transcript if you have not yet graduated)
  • Credit History Reports
  • Executed Authorization and Release Form
  • First Affidavit of Completeness (including all supplemental Reasonable Explanations as warranted)

The software will not allow you to file your application until you have uploaded the required documents, which must be uploaded as instructed within the appropriate portion of the application.

Other Documents You May Be Required To Submit

Depending on how you answer certain questions on the application, you may also need to submit the following documents (and any additional information or documents they may require) when you file your online application in order for it to be considered:

  • Legal Decree or Confirmation for Name Change
  • Prior Applications for Admission to the Delaware Bar
  • Bar Applications for Other Jurisdictions
  • Official Certificates of Good Standing for Admitted Jurisdictions
  • Form 5A (Prior Bar Admission in Pennsylvania)
  • Form 5B (Prior Bar Admission in New York)
  • Form 11A (United States Military Service)
  • Form 11B (Foreign Military Service)
  • Form 16 (Bonding Companies)
  • Form 17 (Record of Civil, Administrative, Other Proceedings)
  • Form 19 (Record of Bankruptcy or Insolvency)
  • Form 20A (Record of Criminal Cases and Traffic Violations Involving Alcohol or Drugs)
  • Form 20B (Description of Evaluation, Treatment, or Counseling Relating to Matter Disclosed on Form 20A)
  • Form 20C (Authorization to Release Medical Information Relating to Matter Disclosed on Form 20A)
  • Form 21 (Record of Criminal Cases Not Involving Alcohol or Drugs)
  • Form 22 (Record of Moving Traffic Violations Not Involving Alcohol or Drugs)
  • Form 24 (Debt Defaults, Past Due Status, Account Revocations)
  • Form 27A (Description of Condition, Disability, or Impairment)
  • Form 27B (Authorization to Release Medical Information)
  • Form 28 (Record of Impairment Raised as Issue)
  • First Supplemental Affidavit of Completeness

If your responses to application questions require you to submit one of these documents, the software will not allow you to file your application until you have uploaded the required documents, which must be uploaded as instructed within the appropriate portion of the application. You must upload the required document(s). Do not upload a placeholder or your application may be rejected.

Other Documents You Must Submit For Your Application To Be Considered

You must also submit the following documents by the dates noted in order for your application to be considered complete:

  • First Preceptor’s Certificate (due by 9/1)
  • FBI Criminal History Report (due by 9/1)
  • Delaware State Bureau of Identification Criminal History Report (due by 9/1)
  • Second Affidavit of Completeness (due by 9/1)
  • Law Clerk Schedule of Legal Assignments and Preceptor’s Law Clerk Schedule Certificate (due prior to admission, by the date determined by the Board’s Executive Director for each admission ceremony).

Once you have uploaded your Law Clerk Schedule of Legal Assignments and your Preceptor’s Law Clerk Schedule Certificate you must send the original executed hard copies to the Executive Director.

File Formats & Sizes

With the exception of your passport picture, which must be uploaded as .JPG or .JPEG image file, all documents MUST be uploaded as PDF files.

Documents you upload cannot exceed 10MB in size. If you have a document larger than 10MB, you must split it into multiple parts that are each lower than 10MB in size.

Document Checklist Tab

The document checklist tab identifies items that you must upload based upon your answers to various questions in the application. For each entry in the checklist, you must identify the corresponding uploaded document by selecting it from the dropdown box next to the item. You must complete your document checklist before you can file your application.

Dealing With Signed Documents

You must physically sign all affidavits, forms, or other documents requiring your signature and obtain original notarizations when applicable. In addition to scanning and uploading the affidavits, forms, or other documents to your application, you must bring the original copy of any signed affidavit, form, or other document with you to your character and fitness interview.

Certified Copies Of Transcripts

You must obtain an original, certified transcript from each college or law school you attended. If the original, certified transcript is in paper format, you must upload a scan of the transcript when you file your application, and bring the original, certified paper copy with you to your character and fitness interview.

Good Standing Certificates

If you are admitted to practice in any other jurisdictions, you must obtain an original, certified certificate of good standing from each jurisdiction. You must upload a scan of the good standing certificate when you file your application, and bring the original, certified good standing certificate with you to your character and fitness interview.

Criminal History Reports

You are required to obtain criminal history reports (background checks) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Delaware State Bureau of Identification. Detailed instructions for obtaining your criminal history reports are located on the 'Document Checklist' tab.

Your criminal history reports must be issued within the year that you are applying. All criminal history reports must be uploaded on or before September 1 and you must bring the original reports with you to your character and fitness interview. Failure to do so may jeopardize your ability to get admitted in the December admission ceremony. Keep in mind that it can take up to 16 weeks to receive an FBI criminal history report after you submit your fingerprints therefore you are encouraged to make your appointments early.

Testing Accommodations

If you are a qualified individual with a disability (as defined under the American With Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended) and need reasonable adjustments or modifications to the standard testing conditions for the Bar Exam, you must complete and submit an Application for Testing Accommodations by the deadline provided. The Application for Testing Accommodations, the various related verification forms, and detailed instructions for preparing and filing an Application for Testing Accommodations (including identification of applicable filing deadlines) are available on the Board’s web site. Your Application for Testing Accommodations must be filed at the time that you file your bar application.

Do not file an Application for Testing Accommodations if you are only requesting permission to bring with you into the examination room a medical assistive item or device that is not explicitly permitted by the Board’s testing security policies (such as diabetic supplies, a lumbar support, a lactation pump, or prescription medication), and/or you are only requesting special seating because of a medical condition. For such requests, you only need to submit by May 3 a Request for Administrative Accommodations, which is available on the Board’s web site.

First and Second Affidavits of Completeness

You are required to file two Affidavits of Completeness, each of which must be notarized and uploaded as an attachment.

The First Affidavit of Completeness must be submitted when you file your Application, and it will require you to certify under oath or affirmation that you have, among other things,(1) accurately and completely answered all questions on your applications, (2) submitted true and correct copies of all documents you are required to submit with your application or provided a detailed explanation why not, (3) sent a request to complete a Certification of Employment to each employer identified in your application, and (4) submitted full payment of your application fee.

The Second Affidavit of Completeness must be filed on or before September 1, and it will require you to certify under oath or affirmation, among other things, that: (1) you have accurately and completely answered all questions on your applications, (2) you have submitted true and correct copies of all documents you are required to submit with your application or provided a detailed explanation of why not (including describing all efforts you have made to obtain those documents since you filed your First Affidavit of Completeness), and (3) each employer identified in your application has completed and returned a Certification of Employment (and, if not, you must describe all efforts you have made since you filed your First Affidavit of Completeness to follow up with those employers to have them complete a Certification of Employment.)

Both affidavits will also require you to certify under oath or affirmation your understanding of the importance of providing a complete application to the Board as soon as possible, and that failing to do so may delay your eligibility for admission to the Delaware Bar.

Preceptor’s Certificate and Preceptor’s Law Clerk Schedule Certificate

You must identify the member of the Delaware Bar who will be serving as your preceptor on or before the first business day in June. The duties and responsibilities of your preceptor are set forth in Board Rule 10. Among other things, your preceptor will be required to sign a Preceptor’s Certificate and a Preceptor’s Law Clerk Schedule Certificate, which you must then file with the Board.

The First Preceptor’s Certificate must be filed by September 1. In it, your preceptor must certify to (1) having personally reviewed and discussed with you your application and First Affidavit of Completeness, (2) determining that you have either (i) provided all information and documents required to be submitted with the Application or (ii) provided a reasonable explanation why missing information and documents have not been submitted and identified when you expect the Board will receive that information or documents,(3) determining that the information and documents in or submitted with your application are factually accurate, and (4) determining that your First Affidavit of Completeness is factually accurate and contains no omission of any fact required to be disclosed. The Supreme Court and the Board expect that preceptors will play an active role in making sure that applicants submit accurate and complete applications that are ready for the Board’s review.

The Preceptor’s Law Clerk Schedule Certificate must be filed with your Law Clerk Schedule of Legal Assignments, which as previously noted must be filed prior to your admission, and no later than the date announced by the Board’s Executive Director for each admission ceremony. In the Preceptor’s Law Clerk Schedule Certificate, your preceptor must, among other things, certify that you have served a clerkship in the State of Delaware aggregating substantially full-time service of at least five months (21 weeks), in full compliance with Delaware Supreme Court Rule 52(a)(8), and that you have completed the items indicated on your Law Clerk Schedule of Legal Assignments.

EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATIONS


The Board requires a written verification of all employment, which you must obtain in the following manner:

Employer Currently In Business: Complete a detail entry for and use the link to that entry in your application to electronically generate a FORM 12 which you forward to the employer, who should, by July 1, either complete the FORM 12 online through the link provided via email, or complete, scan and upload a copy through the provided link.

Employer No Longer In Business: Complete only the detail entry in the online application for that employer, which must indicate the date when the employer went out of business. Do NOT send a FORM 12 to that employer.

Self-Employment: If you are self-employed, or were self-employed at any point during the time period covered by this question, complete the detail entry, which must identify a reference who can verify the nature and length of your self-employment.

Military Service: If your employment includes military service for which you responded yes to Question 11A or Question 11B and submitted an accurate and complete Form 11A or Form 11B, complete only the detail entry in the online application for your military service. Do NOT send a FORM 12.

If the employer utilizes a third party employment verification service the employer will be able to provide that information electronically via the link provided. If the employer is unwilling to fill out the FORM 12, complete the form with all of the information the Board will need to verify your employment with the third-party employment verification service. If the employer wants to complete Form 12 but is unable to complete Form 12 electronically or to scan and upload a copy you may mail a hard copy to the employer to complete and return by mail to the Board. You do not need to upload copies of the FORM 12s that you have mailed. The Board will upload the completed forms as they are received. You will be able to see which ones have been received and which ones are outstanding.

Your obligation to obtain written verification of all employment does not end when you complete the detail entry and have FORM 12s sent to your employers. You must make reasonable efforts to follow up with employers who have not completed a FORM 12, identify and describe those efforts in your First Affidavit of Completeness and Second Affidavit of Completeness, and be prepared to discuss those efforts during your character and fitness interview.

AUTHORIZATIONS AND RELEASES


The authorization and release at the end of the application must be completed, signed, dated, and notarized in order for your application to be considered complete and for the Board to perform its review of your application and conduct an investigation of your character and fitness.

The same is true with respect to any medical releases you may be required to complete as part of your application. The Board cannot disclose information in your application to consulting experts or professionals retained to assist the Board unless you have authorized and consented to the release of that information, nor can the Board discuss any condition you may disclose with your treating professional(s) unless you have authorized and consented to such discussions and to the release of information by your treating professional(s).

NOTIFICATIONS TAB


The 'Notifications' tab contains a copy of every automated email sent to your e-mail address on file in your application from the Board’s BBEDE.ORG system. Be sure to check it regularly for alerts and other important information. In particular, check the Notifications tab for confirmation from the system when you electronically file your application. If you do not see a 'Filing Confirmation' entry in the Notifications tab, your application has not been successfully filed.

DUTY OF CANDOR


You have a duty of candor and an obligation to provide truthful, correct, and complete information with respect to the application and any information or documentation provided by you in connection with it. Falsifying or willfully omitting any information or documentation may result in you being denied the opportunity to sit for the Bar Exam, could prejudice your examination results, result in you being denied admission to the Delaware Bar, and affect your subsequent good standing as a member of the Delaware Bar, in addition to subjecting you to penalties as may be provided by law.

DUTY TO UPDATE

The duty of candor and obligation to provide truthful, accurate, and complete information continues until such time as you may be admitted to the Delaware Bar. You have an obligation, therefore, to submit promptly any changes or updates to your application if at any time the information you provide in your application is no longer truthful, accurate, and complete. Board Rule 5(e) requires that you update your application within ten days of the occurrence of any event triggering a need to update. This duty continues until you are admitted to the bar should you be successful on the bar exam.

 

CHARACTER & FITNESS INVESTIGATION


The Board has posted its Character & Fitness Guidelines on our website. Applicants are encouraged to read those guidelines prior to completing and submitting an Application.

The Board’s investigation of your character and fitness includes a personal interview with a member of the Board. You will be contacted directly by the Board member performing your character and fitness investigation to schedule an interview in late October or early November to discuss your application. You will only be contacted to schedule an interview if you pass the Bar Exam.

The Board will not conduct your character and fitness investigation and interview if your application is not complete and your affidavits of completeness fail to (i) identify what required information or documents have not been submitted with the application, (ii) provide a reasonable explanation for why such information or documents have not yet been submitted, (iii) state when you first requested such information or documents from the appropriate source(s) and identify all efforts you have made to obtain such information or documents from the appropriate source(s), and (iv) state when you expect the Board will receive such information or documents (and why you expect that). This will likely mean that you will not be eligible for admission to the Delaware Bar at the December admission ceremony.

PRE-ADMISSION CONFERENCE


All applicants who pass the Bar Exam must attend a mandatory Pre-Admission Conference. The specific date(s) and location(s) will be determined and communicated to all applicants separately from the application.

INQUIRIES REGARDING THE BAR EXAM OR YOUR APPLICATION


All inquiries relating to admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware, non-technical questions regarding the application for admission, or any related matters should be directed to the Board’s Executive Director, whose contact information is available on the Board’s website.

All technical application inquiries should be directed to the helpdesk.



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