You have the option of submitting character and fitness application for the state bar early during your first two years of law school. You’ll receive a discount of about $200 for filing early. A more important reason for filing early is to get it out of the way so it is one less thing for you to worry about when you are preparing for graduation and studying for the bar. I didn’t submit my application early and I wish I had. I have not started my application yet but just looking at it I can tell it is going to take a major chunk of time to complete.
One of the requirements of the application is that you list everywhere you have lived since you were 18. That might not be a big deal for a 25 year old but for a peripatetic 41 year old like me it is going to be a major pain in the ass. I have lived more places than I can remember. Hopefully, I will be able to come up with all of the addresses by looking at my credit report and my tax records. This will take a lot of time though and it isn’t the only part of the application that will require a lot of time. If you have the option to apply early for your character and fitness determination in your state I highly recommend you do so.