As a recently minted J.D. or J.D. candidate, you really ought to know how to evaluate this. (gives this asker a stern look)
Go to your state's supreme court website and look up the code of professional responsibility. (This author is confident your studied the MCPR for the MPRE). Review the code with an eye towards any provision that your judgment may trigger. Be prepared to address these issues.
Clearly, you will have to reveal the judgment. If it is one that impacts your capacity to tell the truth or handling of money this may cause the examiners to make you wait and reapply. Prepare responses for your interview to address how you will prevent yourself from repeating this mistake that led to the judgment. If you still feel unprepared, hire an attorney who specialises in ethics and professional responsibility defense.
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If your question is whether the judgment will affect your ability to be ultimately admitted to law practice in California, the answer may depend upon what the judgment was for. Most civil judgments should not. However, a failure to comply with California court-ordered child or family support obligations, for example, might affect the State Bar's moral character determination.
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Sorry to be such an obvious skeptic, but there is something about this post that rings very false. It is wholly unlikely that any person eligible to take the California Bar would write this: "I need to take a BAR exam... May that effect my ability to be accepted for a BAR exam?"
In the unlikely event that this question is legit, I am moved to suggest that the asker needs to defer taking the bar exam for at least six months and spend that time in intensive skill building for written communications. Any other plan is unlikely to result in a good result with the exam.
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