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lawschoolsplit2023

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Would these 2 non criminal entities preclude me from admission to the bar

Post by lawschoolsplit2023 » Sun Jan 22, 2023 2:57 pm

Planning to apply and then graduate from law school in 2028, 5 years from now. I have no criminal record whatsoever, not even traffic tickets. But am still worried about Character and Fitness for two non criminal entities:

1). I promised someone a donative gift, with no consideration on their end and they are threatening to sue me for relying on the promise (civil matter)
2). when I was executor for my late parents estate I had penalties and interests (civil penalties) as executor, but have taken care of it, and have always filed my own taxes on time.

These two issues Ill have to disclose on C and F, 5 years from now. Even though these two entities dont look great, is it still better then an applicant that had a criminal record of even a misdemeanor? and I should still pass C and F in New York

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Re: Would these 2 non criminal entities preclude me from admission to the bar

Post by crazywafflez » Sun Jan 22, 2023 4:33 pm

lawschoolsplit2023 wrote:
Sun Jan 22, 2023 2:57 pm
Planning to apply and then graduate from law school in 2028, 5 years from now. I have no criminal record whatsoever, not even traffic tickets. But am still worried about Character and Fitness for two non criminal entities:

1). I promised someone a donative gift, with no consideration on their end and they are threatening to sue me for relying on the promise (civil matter)
2). when I was executor for my late parents estate I had penalties and interests (civil penalties) as executor, but have taken care of it, and have always filed my own taxes on time.

These two issues Ill have to disclose on C and F, 5 years from now. Even though these two entities dont look great, is it still better then an applicant that had a criminal record of even a misdemeanor? and I should still pass C and F in New York
You should talk with a C and F attorney. But, I'd think you'd be okay. You aren't hiding the ball, nothing was illegal and you've taken care of it. You could also call adcomms (idk if that is still a thing)- but my thoughts are: (1) this won't be an issue and (2) you should talk to a c & f lawyer.

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Re: Would these 2 non criminal entities preclude me from admission to the bar

Post by thegrayman » Thu Jan 26, 2023 4:04 pm

I would grab the C&F application from the bar you plan on taking, see what they ask. Those incidents might not even be reportable. If they are, of course disclosing them is the only answer.

You can also grab the C&F questions from some law school applications, and if you really want some closure you might even be able to speak with law school admissions about whether and how to disclose those items.

From my perspective, those are both non-issues. I can't imagine being denied on those grounds. I disclosed similar caliber items in my application and wasn't even asked about any of them.

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Re: Would these 2 non criminal entities preclude me from admission to the bar

Post by ZVBXRPL » Thu Jan 26, 2023 4:08 pm

Had similar stuff (not exactly but not getting into it). and spoke with my schools OCI team who referred me to a lawyer who spoke w me for free. Said I’m fine. Careful of the google lawyers. They’ll charge you for the same thing a wholesome person will give for free. I really think ur ok and no disclose.

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