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How Not to Get Admitted to the Bar

From an opinion of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts this week comes a brief lesson in how to be sure you are turned down when applying for admission to the bar.

First, start by verifying that you are properly enrolled in law school and close to completing your third year of study.

Second, just before submitting your application for admission to the bar, engage in outrageous conduct, preferably directed at a current member of the bar or family member of a current member of the bar. It is best if the conduct includes threats and harassment involving abuse of legal process. Sending angry e-mails also helps.

Third, when bar officials interview you about your conduct, say you do not remember, but go ahead and acknowledge that you did "rant and rave."

Fourth, should the bar decide to conduct a hearing on your fitness to become a lawyer, try to call character witnesses who have nothing helpful to say about you.

Finally, when the initial decision is made to reject your application, file an appeal to the state's highest court and attempt to convince it that its authority over your case is preempted by federal law.

That's it. Those are the simple steps that could get you, too, rejected for admission. As the SJC said in its decision this week, Desy v. Board of Bar Examiners, such conduct "strongly suggests dishonesty, poor judgment, and a willingness to misuse the judicial process."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on October 22, 2008 at 11:46 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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