Evaluating Students’ Mental and Emotional Fitness for the Bar: A Law School Inquiry

Judge P.K. Holmes, III stated in Doe v. Bd. of Trustees for Univ. of Ark. that the Law School must evaluate its students’ character and fitness as it is a “business necessity” and vital to producing lawyers. The Law School had a valid concern about Doe’s mental instability and its effect on her ability to be a professional lawyer, which justified its decision to scrutinize her. Doe reported facing harassment, including the use of unsettling weapons, and expressed concerns regarding her mental state and its impact on her schooling. This raises the crucial question of whether students need to have the emotional and mental stability to join the bar.