Going to law school gets you a law degree, a J.D., and you are free to take the bar for any state. The NJ and NY bars are different, with the NY bar having eight more sections. An attorney friend gave me a piece of advice: take the multistate PA bar, because NY honors it and you can circumvent having to take the NY bar itself, which is arguably much harder. Good luck, and my advice, I'd start prepping for the LSATS now haha, I just finished with them and they suck.
Reporting another regulated person or firm
To report the misconduct of a solicitor, firm or other person regulated by us, please complete our report form, or contact us directly.
If you are unhappy with the service you have received from a firm or legal adviser, first contact your adviser or the person dealing with complaints in the firm. If you remain unsatisfied, you may contact the Legal Ombudsman. The Legal Ombudsman deals with all complaints about service provided by the legal profession. You can find information about how to make a complaint about service on the Legal Ombudsman’s website. If your complaint about service includes issues of possible misconduct, the Legal Ombudsman may refer those issues to us.
If you are regulated by us, you have an obligation to report to us in some cases.
What we do
The primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with regulatory obligations rests with the firm itself. We may decide to investigate you as an individual where, for example, there is evidence of personal culpability.
If we decide a rule or regulation has been breached, the outcome will depend on the gravity of the breach. Where we find a breach of a rule against an individual the outcome depends on the type of regulated person. We do not have the power to award compensation.
There are cases where we decide not to investigate, and some issues are generally excluded from investigation.
We acknowledge all initial reports of information by
thanking you for providing the information
confirming how we handle your information, and
explaining that we do not usually stay in contact with people providing information and the reasons why.
Sometimes we may decide to contact you again if
we believe that you have, or have access to, further information which we need to take the right action, and/or
we think you may be required to act as a witness or to provide a witness statement.
Read more about our approach to handling information that you have sent to us.
Your obligation to report
If you are regulated by us, you must (subject, where necessary, to your client's consent) report to us if
you become aware of serious misconduct by a solicitor, a registered European lawyer (REL), a registered foreign lawyer (RFL), a recognised body, a manager of a recognised body, or employee of a recognised body or recognised sole practitioner,
you have reason to doubt the integrity of a solicitor, REL, RFL, or a manager of a recognised body or recognised sole practitioner,
you have reason to believe that a solicitor, REL, RFL, a recognised body, a manager of a recognised body, or firm is in serious financial difficulty which could put the public at risk.
Your obligation to report is outlined in rule 20.06 of the Solicitors' Code of Conduct 2007.
Issues generally excluded from investigation
As a matter of policy, generally, we do not investigate these issues:
Conduct outside practice where there is no evidence of a conviction or finding by a court, tribunal or regulatory body
Employee disputes in law firms
Partnership disputes, unless the interests of clients are adversely affected or there is a finding of a court or tribunal
Non-payment of agent or expert fees, unless there is a judgment against the regulated person for non-payment relating to their legal practice
Allegations of conflict in current or pending litigation where one party seeks to prevent an individual from acting
Allegations from lending institutions of a failure to hand over deeds or papers to which the lender is entitled, unless the lender has already made a successful application to the court
Reports of misconduct from regulated person about another, unless they involve alleged serious misconduct, or are made on the instructions of a client, or are made to protect the interests of an identifiable client who has an interest in the outcome
Allegations of misconduct made more than six months after the alleged misconduct or where there is a clear alternative legal remedy available not yet pursued
Non-payment of Counsel's fees, unless reported by the Bar Council on the basis that an individual has failed to comply with a decision from the Joint Tribunal or that an individual or firm has become subject to the Bar's Withdrawal of Credit Scheme
We do not exclude allegations of discrimination or dishonesty.
Our service standards
We tackle unacceptable performance, misconduct and dishonesty by taking firm, fair and timely action. As far as possible, our processes are open and transparent.
If you have reported an individual or firm and you are unhappy with our response, you can complain to us.