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Do “character and fitness” questions really help screen out unethical licensees?

Few provisions in licensing statutes are more common than the requirement that applicants be of "good moral character." But actual definitions of good moral character are elusive. What kinds of traits or questionnaire responses are linked to higher chances that a licensee will be disciplined? And, does character and fitness screening of the type sponsored by most state bar associations help reduce the number of disciplinable offenses?

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