The D.C. Court of Appeals Committee on Admissions (COA) does not require applicants to divulge information about treatment or counseling for mental health/addiction issues per se. Your LAP participation will not be reported to the COA. If you have specific questions about the character and fitness questions on the application to the D.C. Bar, please contact us. The ultimate goal of the admissions process is to ensure competence; seeking help for a mental health problem is an argument for competence, not against. Remember, there is nothing more important than your health.
As a reminder, all inquiries with the LAP are strictly confidential under the law. The LAP will NOT disclose any identifying information, without the student’s written permission, to law schools, the D.C. Bar, or anyone else without the student’s explicit permission.
If you have questions about the character and fitness portion of your Bar application, please give us a confidential call at 202-347-3131.