Thursday, November 29, 2012

More On Student Debt And Bar Admissions

For the second time in two days, the Ohio Supreme Court has disapproved an application for bar admission and cited unpaid student loans as a factor.

The applicant graduated from the University of Dayton in May 2009.

Two concerns were raised by the Dayton Bar Association admissions committee in its interview with the applicant: (1) his failure to disclose his dismissal from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1998 for poor academic performance and (2) his default on "significant student-loan debt."

A second interview "did not go well" and revealed dishonesty on his 1992 application to Detroit College of Law. He also had an uncooperative attitude.

The court noted that the applicant "never made a single payment on the $32,300 in student loans that he had accumulated" as an undergraduate and law student. The loans are in default and "he has no plans to begin repayment because he simply does not have the money....His complete disregard of his financial obligations does not inspire confidence..."

As to eventual bar admission: "In order to be a viable candidate...[he] must obtain full-time employment, devise a strategy to satisfy his significant debt, and fully cooperate in the admissions process."

He may apply again in July 2014. (Mike Frisch)

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Catch-22? "Now that you've completed 3 years of law school, you need to secure a FTE position before we'll let you practice law." Good luck with that!

Posted by: Anderson | Nov 29, 2012 1:00:49 PM

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