What are C&F "Red Flags"?

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What are C&F "Red Flags"?

Postby fit2practice » Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:01 pm

When people discuss "red flags" in C&F investigations, what does this mean? Is having too many past addresses a red flag? What about too many past jobs that lasted less then a year (I have a few short-term 6 month or so, crappy jobs that I quit by no-call/no-show in my college and pre-college years). Do they care that I failed to show up for my job at Wendy's when I was 19?

I'm not sure how worried I need to be about C&F. How many speeding tickets does it take to be denied?

Also, I have no adult criminal history but I was arrested 3 times since age 12-17 for minor, juvenile stuff and the worst sentence I r/c was 3 months probation. These were disclosed on law school apps.

How does credit history affect someone? Will a $1200 discharged credit card debt from 2007 cause an applicant to be denied? What about in combination with all the above listed issues?

I've been trying to maintain a "clean" history since I decided to go to law school, for the past 6 years besides a few traffic tickets I have no blemishes to my recollection.

Basically, will I have a difficult time being admitted to the Bar? Let's say I apply in FL, which I hear is the toughest state for admittance? How about in the "easier" states?

Sorry for so many questions but C&F keeps me awake at night even as a 0L.

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Re: What are C&F "Red Flags"?

Postby iShotFirst » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:09 am

As a Florida applicant, red flags = inconsistencies, taking into account your law school app, bar app, credit check, any other sources they find. Jobs, addresses, etc dont mean much. Disclosure and honesty will get you through.

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Re: What are C&F "Red Flags"?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:17 am

Yes, the biggest issue is looking like you failed to disclose something or lied about something. The other things that raise eyebrows are anything that looks like fraud, and money problems.

I don't actually know what you mean by a $1200 discharged debt - you never paid it but you got it forgiven, something like that? (I'm sure it's just me being obtuse, I know not of finance.) That's probably the biggest flag, but it was long enough ago, if it's fully resolved and you've been fine since then, I don't think it would really be a problem. (I doubt it would in my state, anyway; Florida is notoriously awful and I suppose they might have you come in so they could ask you about it, but I still don't think in the end it would keep you from being admitted.)

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