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Felonies & Bar Admittance

Felonies & Bar Admittance
« on: April 07, 2011, 03:43:51 PM »
I have heard from different lawyers that a felony conviction on your record does not disqualify you from being admitted to the bar necessarily. I know there is a character fitness portion that a person must pass. Also I have heard that some states offer more leniency than others. Does anyone know anything about this?

Re: Felonies & Bar Admittance
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2011, 08:45:34 AM »
It varies from state to state.  Most states consider the facts and circumstances of the conviction.  Expect to pay for legal representation on the character/fitness portion. 

We would need more information to give you any opinions.

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Re: Felonies & Bar Admittance
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2011, 12:17:22 PM »
in indiana, it actually help you.

Re: Felonies & Bar Admittance
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2011, 11:31:57 AM »
To Julie Fern: What do you mean...?

To MikePing: 2 Felonies. Theft and Menacing


Re: Felonies & Bar Admittance
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2011, 08:10:00 AM »
Yea, those will probably give you trouble.  Fitness committees are generally tough on any crime that will question your honesty or trustworthiness.  The link in the post above will get you to the LSD post that details state-by-state. 

The things that will be considered will be the circumstances surrounding your crimes, your age at the time, the time that has passed, your candor regarding the events, the seriousness of the crime, the reliability of the information that they can find, evidence of rehabilitation, and the great things that you have contributed to the community since the crime.   

Things that will kill you will be trying to offer excuses, minimize the seriousness, or hide details of the crimes. 

IMO, if the crimes were recent, you should wait at least 3 years to apply to law school. Good luck.

Re: Felonies & Bar Admittance
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2011, 09:26:01 AM »
To add to Mike - talking with respective state bars would not hurt either.  Why go to law school when the bar was never going to admit you in the first place?  Better to find it out early.  In fact, THEY are the folks to ask, not anyone here.  There are attorneys who specialize in dealing with state bars/ethics issues, perhaps seek one out and get their take.

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Re: Felonies & Bar Admittance
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2011, 06:48:50 AM »
To Julie Fern: What do you mean...?

To MikePing: 2 Felonies. Theft and Menacing

that indiana have very low standards.

Re: Felonies & Bar Admittance
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2011, 12:43:34 PM »
Thanks everyone for your help on this matter

Re: Felonies & Bar Admittance
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2011, 09:36:56 AM »
Thanks everyone for your help on this matter

So, what was the verdict?