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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: FAMU Law School
« on: February 18, 2010, 06:16:22 PM »
Diversity rules at FAMU Law Im a 1L and I have many friends attending who are single parents and hanging in and keeping up with the work. One of the best things about the school is that there are people from all over the world. In my class I have a lawyer from Checkoslovakia and another lawyer from China. There is also a local surgeon who wants to get his law degree as well as another attorney from from Florida he didnt graduate from an accredited law school 1st time around although hes been practicing for 20 years. We have students from Africa, Dominican Republic, Japan, Puerto Rico, Spain and -  Florida. The ages of the students run from 22- 60 and it makes for interesting discussions. Everyone is smart in different ways & friendly. The mix of cultures, ages, attitudes, backgrounds make the experience a blast. Be prepared the Professors are tough and the workload is huge. The school is determined to rise and succeed now that it has accreditation and nothing short of performing at your highest level is acceptable they will kick you out if you cant perform up to their expectations. At the same time the Professors are really willing to help- they have an open door policy if you want help you will get it but it is up to you to ask. So if you decide to come be ready to go all out as 1Ls we have 6 classes this spring it is the hardest thing Ive ever done and the best experience ever Im having the time of my life.

Out of curiosity, what is the reasoning behind the attorney going back to law school if he has been practicing for 20 years? Is he looking to be admitted by motion in another state that requires applicants to have graduated from an ABA accredited school?

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Bar Exam / Re: character fitness questions
« on: February 17, 2010, 02:32:22 PM »
granted, i have only read the appellate cases, but have never seen a denial for something like this.

the dont even deny *security clearances* for something like this.

I agree... I've worked in government and underwent a background check far more thorough than any c&f background check. I think the main point I was trying to convey is that the c&f process, unlike govt background checks, is highly unpredictable and the results will probably vary depending on who your examiner is. I wouldn't take any omission lightly.

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Bar Exam / Re: character fitness questions
« on: February 17, 2010, 10:45:34 AM »
my god, the paranoia that grips this place over inconsequential poo is just a wonder to behold sometimes.

To be fair, I've read stories of law students forging transcripts, inventing grades, etc and still passing c&f. Yet I've also read stories about bar examiners denying applicants to sit for the bar over seemingly 'inconsequential poo.'  :)

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Bar Exam / Re: character fitness questions
« on: February 16, 2010, 06:45:25 PM »
In undergrad, I took one class at a different school but did not disclose this in my law school application.  My undergrad transcript does not indicate any mention of the record at the other school.  

My failure to report was wrong, regardless of my excuse.  

It's already two years down the road, and I've transferred law schools as well (without disclosing this error to both schools).

What should I do now?  

(1) What is the likely sanction I can expect from my former and present law schools?
(2) If I don't disclose it at all, is the bar character and fitness likely to find out?  
(3) How does the bar character and fitness conduct education background checks?

Don't quote me on this, but I believe that there is a clearinghouse that schools use for enrollment verification. If the other school reported you as matriculated, then it is on record at that clearinghouse and it would be trivial for the examiner to find it.

The good news is that you can check your records on that site yourself. For the life of me, I can't remember the site's address.

In any event, bar examiners may have other ways of discovering enrollment that I'm unaware of. It's always best to disclose immediately. So your real question comes down to what the other law schools will do when they find out. That much I don't know.

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