Applicants must be members of the Pennsylvania bar or jurists. In addition, applicants should be knowledgeable about law school curriculum, legal practice and attorney ethical obligations. Law school faculty may not serve on this Board. Additionally, applicants should not apply for a membership position if, during that position's term of service, they will have immediate family members who will be taking the bar examination or seeking membership in the Pennsylvania bar.
The Board of Law Examiners has five meetings annually, and multiple conference calls. Meetings last from one-half to one day and occur in the eastern, middle and western parts of the Commonwealth. Members are required to serve as a hearing officer for 7-10 character and fitness hearings, which are scheduled throughout the year and may last from one-half to two days.