One of the most essential and critical components of a democratic society is the law profession. Lawyers are charged with the preeminent duty of assisting citizens in the maintenance of their individual rights. Because of a lawyer's "enviable position of prestige and respect," he "enjoy[s] much public confidence and trust." Therefore, society expects, and the profession demands, that only individuals possessing an adequate degree of intelligence, education, and good moral character be permitted to practice law.
Kristine M. Trevino,
The Investigation of Good Moral Character for Admission to the Virginia Bar - Time for a Change,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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