Will my conviction cost me my firm job?

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Will my conviction cost me my firm job?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:08 pm

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Re: Will my conviction cost me my firm job?

Postby valley splitter » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:15 pm

I'm curious as to this, too. I got two DUI's (one for sleeping in my car - total BS) a few years back in the same month of consecutive years, but there would be 8 years between them and when I finish law school. We all make mistakes right? Youthful indiscretions and all that. I'm hoping it won't matter all that much.

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Re: Will my conviction cost me my firm job?

Postby confuzzled888 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:27 pm

wow. good luck.

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Re: Will my conviction cost me my firm job?

Postby PDaddy » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:33 pm

It sounds as if they want to make sure you are bar eligible, that's all. Your concern is understandable. You may have slightly annoyed them with the additional correspondence, but you likely aren't the first to do that. They should have given you some specific instructions for followup (i.e. double-checking your own history, providing an addendum, etc). The firm dropped the ball in that respect, if you ask me. This isn't the first time they've dealt with this stuff, so you might be worrying more than necessary.
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Re: Will my conviction cost me my firm job?

Postby thuggishruggishbone » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:39 pm

It might cost you the gig, mainly because they will be worried you can't pass the bar. Did you talk to the bar in your state? Maybe if you could get something from the bar stating you are eligible to sit, that would persuade the firm to overlook the conviction.

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Re: Will my conviction cost me my firm job?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:43 pm

OP here.

The talk of bar-eligibility seems to be the general consensus; this is what the career counselor told me. Her feeling was that the LS had basically evaluated me to the standards (though not the same depth) as the C+F board will.

I had thought about trying to get some sort of preevaluation or an advisory opinion or something from the bar here. Does anyone know if bars generally do that sort of thing?

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Re: Will my conviction cost me my firm job?

Postby 270910 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:45 pm

thuggishruggishbone wrote:It might cost you the gig, mainly because they will be worried you can't pass the bar. Did you talk to the bar in your state? Maybe if you could get something from the bar stating you are eligible to sit, that would persuade the firm to overlook the conviction.


This wouldn't be a bar issue. I mean it would be an issue, but not one even approaching disqualification.

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Re: Will my conviction cost me my firm job?

Postby ConMan345 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:47 pm

It's REALLY hard to get denied by the bar if you disclose everything. Disclose, disclose, disclose. Obviously, you will be upfront about it, so there really shouldn't be any problem. I imagine that it is policy to do a background check on individuals who disclose past convictions on the job application--due diligence really, given the correlation between committing one crime and committing others. If you did something crazy, it would be a good defense for them to say they did a background check and found nothing else to indicate you were a psycho.

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Re: Will my conviction cost me my firm job?

Postby ConMan345 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:49 pm

Anonymous User wrote:OP here.

The talk of bar-eligibility seems to be the general consensus; this is what the career counselor told me. Her feeling was that the LS had basically evaluated me to the standards (though not the same depth) as the C+F board will.

I had thought about trying to get some sort of preevaluation or an advisory opinion or something from the bar here. Does anyone know if bars generally do that sort of thing?


If you were very worried, there are attorneys who represent people for C+F evaluations/hearings. My guess is that there would never be an official preevaluation (too much money/hassle for the gov), or unofficial (too much liability).

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Re: Will my conviction cost me my firm job?

Postby thuggishruggishbone » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:53 pm

Anonymous User wrote:OP here.

The talk of bar-eligibility seems to be the general consensus; this is what the career counselor told me. Her feeling was that the LS had basically evaluated me to the standards (though not the same depth) as the C+F board will.

I had thought about trying to get some sort of preevaluation or an advisory opinion or something from the bar here. Does anyone know if bars generally do that sort of thing?


I'd call the bar where you want to work to make sure

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Re: Will my conviction cost me my firm job?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:03 pm

OP here. For the board's info, the job was rescinded a week or so ago. Working on new employment. Watch your records, kids, they may well prevent an otherwise eminently qualified person from pursuing lucrative options. Good luck out there.

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Re: Will my conviction cost me my firm job?

Postby DoubleChecks » Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:05 pm

at first, i thought OP meant some firm belief he had stopping him from working in biglaw...

...like his conviction to only do a job that helps ppl; makes more sense this way, though less interesting lol




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