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Current Law Students / Help Me With Character/Fitness Issues
« on: April 02, 2012, 10:28:05 AM »
I'm a 0L right now planning on going Fall 2013.  I have read a lot about the process of Bar Admission, and C&F scares me.  I have a laundry list of issues that might disqualify me from passing C&F and I want to know now how I can deal with those before dropping $100k+ on law school.

- Major childhood problems, mostly before age 10.  I had lots of disciplinary problems in grade school, I have been expelled from two schools in 2nd and 3rd grade.  I attribute it mostly to not fitting in with the other kids and acting out.  I've seen probably a dozen child psychologists by the time I was 10 and had been on everything and diagnosed with almost everything.  I guess I just matured and grew out of it, because you really couldn't tell now.

- Was arrested at age 12 for starting a fire with another kid.  We were hanging out at a house that was under construction, he spilled a flammable substance and lit it on fire (I told him not to but he didn't listen).  We ran away after we heard sirens.  The fire was actually very small and did >$20 in damage, mostly just scorched a piece of plywood.  My family actually knew the owner of the house very well and I apologized.  I remember being guilty of trespassing and not actually starting the fire.  I don't even know how to look into this to find official records but I took fire safety classes...that was the sentence.

- Also when I was 12, my parents would threaten to call the police over me not listening or arguing with them.  Looking back, it was actually really ridiculous, they mainly used the local police to humilate me because they knew neighborhood kids would see the cop cars outside my house and me being led out there.  None of the incidents actually escalated to any level that would necessitate police involvement, it was all over verbal arguments or me saying that I would leave the house and walk to the mall or something.  I was formally arrested once and taken to a juvie holding cell where my dad picked me up from an hour later....just to teach me a lesson I guess at the expense of the taxpayers.

- When I was 16 or 17 I got into a verbal argument with a teacher over something I did in a computer lab.  I had changed the desktop background to a funny image I found online.  The image contained a gun, although this was not my motivation for doing it.  The teacher called the police, not even because of the "gun" but just because I had changed the wallpaper on the PC.  Police showed up, talked to me for a while, and then a teacher called the school board which said they wanted me arrested for "tampering," like I had hacked the computer or something.  I was taken  down to the police station and my parents picked me up 30 min later.  I did some diversion program and had 3 months probabtion.  In my defense, the teacher was a complete d-bag who was trying dissuade me from not complying in the future but I don't think any Bar admission board would go for that explanation.

- Also when I was 17, I didn't have much of a social life and hung out with any degenerate group I was accepted into.  Some kids knew I had a car so I was in.  One night while hanging out at some house, another kid basically coerced my car keys from me, he basically took them out of my hand, and said he was borrowing my car to "get some smokes."  He took off with some 14 year old girl too.  An hour or two goes by and my car and the kids are gone.  Later the girl comes back and I ask where my car is and she goes "what car?"  Anyways, I find out the girl was the one driving and my car is trashed, a tire is completely flat when I find it on some side street.  Me and some other kid are trying to change the tire before the cops show up.  Apparently the girl drive the car onto some ladies lawn and did damage.  I didn't know this and told the cops I was driving and hit a pothole (for some idiotic reason I felt compelled to cover for these kids who stole my car and pushed me around).  Anyways, they know the girl was driving and threaten me with obstruction of justice.  I tell them the truth and go home that night.

- I have dual citizenship in Israel, I obtained it in 2007 but left in 2008 because i lost my job there and couldnt find another that was english speaking only.  I am worried I have military obligations that I never fufilled.  Would this effect me?

- My last job was doing telemarketing/customer service for some company that sold "work-at-home" scams.  I hated working there, we sold BS work at home opportunites that basically cost the customer $100+ (some paid up to $10,000 for BS "training sessions").  It basically took advantage of old, disabled, uneducated, or desperate unemployed people.  I was actually fired because I supposedly said on the phone "it doesnt even work,"  although I disagree that I even said that (even though its true it doesnt work)  and leaving at 4:51 PM one day instead of 5 PM after I mistakenly heard we were allowed to leave for the day.  I later found out that the state attorney general filed suit against the company and they had to pay people back a lot of $.  I am worried that listing this as a place i have worked and/or being fired from there will effect me.  At the time I worked here, it was the only job that called me back after sending out 30+ applications.

- Also I have a debt in collections for $400 for some clothes I bought in 2009.  I got laid off a week later and went back to school and havent worked since, I had forgotten about it but I am now trying to settle it.  I dont think I have any other outstanding debts. 

Ok so these are my issues, should I just give up on practicing law?

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