Criminal Act = Lose Law degree?

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Criminal Act = Lose Law degree?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 16, 2011 1:06 am

Would rather be anonymous because of the question.

If one commits a criminal act (e.g. B & E and theft) would they lose their ability to practice law? in the state? in the country? What if its a felony? Would a government agency fire you?

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Re: Criminal Act = Lose Law degree?

Postby 03121202698008 » Mon May 16, 2011 1:08 am

Anonymous User wrote:Would rather be anonymous because of the question.

If one commits a criminal act (e.g. B & E and theft) would they lose their ability to practice law? in the state? in the country? What if its a felony? Would a government agency fire you?


Depends on the act, their record, and the specific rules of the state. If disbarred in one state, I believe you have to notify all others you belong to, and disclose when applying to others. A Gov agency would almost certainly fire you unless something truly stupid (e.g. trespassing on neighbor's land)...you'd also lose your clearance.

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Re: Criminal Act = Lose Law degree?

Postby gwuorbust » Mon May 16, 2011 8:30 am

lulz. are you planning on getting a lawl degree then going on a B&E crime spree once you graduate?

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Re: Criminal Act = Lose Law degree?

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon May 16, 2011 12:40 pm

This thread is mistitled. A felony conviction usually results in disbarment or, at least, suspension from the bar, but you still have your law degree.

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Re: Criminal Act = Lose Law degree?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 16, 2011 9:54 pm

CanadianWolf wrote:This thread is mistitled. A felony conviction usually results in disbarment or, at least, suspension from the bar, but you still have your law degree.


do you have any sources for felony convictions leading to disbar?

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Re: Criminal Act = Lose Law degree?

Postby CyLaw » Mon May 16, 2011 10:10 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
CanadianWolf wrote:This thread is mistitled. A felony conviction usually results in disbarment or, at least, suspension from the bar, but you still have your law degree.


do you have any sources for felony convictions leading to disbar?


Unless it has changed, this is true in some jurisdictions.

Automatic Disbarment: A Convicted Felon's Just Desserts. 13 Hastings Const. L.Q. 433 (LinkRemoved)

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Re: Criminal Act = Lose Law degree?

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon May 16, 2011 11:22 pm

But disbarment is not always permanent. Some of those disbarred for commission & conviction of a felony can be reinstated. Eligibility may vary by jurisdiction & successful motion for reinstatement often depends upon one's political connections.




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