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I Would Like To Pursue A Career In Paralegal Work. I Received Two Felonies For Possession Of Cocaine When...?
I Was 19 Yrs. Old. I Am 31 Years Old Now And Have Had No Other Felonies. From The Point Of Obtaining My Bachelor'S In Paralegal Work, I Would Like To Continue My Education To Become A Lawyer. Is This Possible In North Carolina Or Am I Wasting My Time?
The felonies are 12 years old....but they are felonies. You may have difficulty becoming licensed in NC, if they are sticklers for "no felonies." However, most measure you as a whole and if nothing else has happened since then, you may be able to pass the moral character background/evaluation.
Rules for becoming licensed in NC:
Look under the .0600 series for "Moral Character and General Fitness." It says as follow:
SECTION .0600 - MORAL CHARACTER AND GENERAL FITNESS
.0601 BURDEN OF PROOF
Every applicant shall have the burden of proving that the applicant possesses the qualifications of character and general fitness requisite for an attorney and counselor-at-law and is possessed of good moral character and is entitled to the high regard and confidence of the public.
.0602 PERMANENT RECORD
All information furnished to the Board by an applicant shall be deemed material, and all such information shall be and become a permanent record of the Board.
.0603 FAILURE TO DISCLOSE
No one shall be licensed to practice law by examination or comity or be allowed to take
the bar examination in this state:
(1) who fails to disclose fully to the Board, whether requested to do so or not, the facts relating to any disciplinary proceedings or charges as to the applicant's professional conduct, whether same have been terminated or not, in this or any other state, or any federal court or other jurisdiction, or
(2) who fails to disclose fully to the Board, whether requested to do so or not, any and all facts relating to any civil or criminal proceedings, charges or investigations involving the applicant, whether the same have been terminated or not in this or any other state or in any of the federal courts or other jurisdictions.
.0604 BAR CANDIDATE COMMITTEE
Every applicant shall appear before a bar candidate committee, appointed by the Chairman of the Board, in the judicial district in which the applicant resides, or in such other judicial districts as the Board in its sole discretion may designate to the applicant, to be examined about any matter pertaining to the applicant's moral character and general fitness to practice law. An applicant who has appeared before a bar candidate committee may, in the Board's discretion, be excused from making a subsequent appearance before a bar candidate committee. The applicant shall give such information as may be required on such forms provided by the Board. A bar candidate committee may require the applicant to make more than one appearance before the committee and to furnish to the committee the such information and documents as it may reasonably require pertaining to the moral character and general fitness of the applicant to be licensed to practice law in North Carolina. Each applicant will be advised when to appear before the bar candidate committee. There can be no changes once the initial assignment is made.
.0605 DENIAL; RE-APPLICATION
No new application or petition for reconsideration of a previous application from an applicant who has either been denied permission to take the bar examination or has been denied a license to practice law on the grounds set forth in Section .0600 shall be considered by the Board within a period of three (3) years next after the date of such denial unless, for good cause shown, permission for re-application or petition for a reconsideration is granted by the Board.
YOU WILL DEFINITELY NEED TO DISCLOSE THIS INFORMATION.
I'm not sure if you register as a first year law student (in your first year of law school) but you might want to see if you can complete this moral character determination right away (in your first semester of law school). If NC is like CA, it may take them 6 months to determine but the results will be good for 2 years (and then renewable).
Here is information from the NC Board of Law Examiners:
NORTH CAROLINA BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS
CHARACTER AND FITNESS GUIDELINES
Every applicant shall have the burden of proving that the applicant possesses the qualifications of character and general fitness requisite for an attorney and counselor-at-law, and is possessed of good moral character and is entitled to the high regard and confidence of the public.
The term "good moral character", includes but is not limited to the qualities of honesty, fairness, candor, trustworthiness, observance of fiduciary and personal responsibility and of the laws of North Carolina and of the United States and a respect for the rights of other persons and things. The term "fitness" includes but is not limited to, the mental or emotional stability of the applicant to practice law in North Carolina.
In satisfying the requirements of good moral character and fitness, applicants should be persons whose record of conduct justifies the trust of clients, adversaries, courts and others with respect to the professional duties owed to them and whose record demonstrates the qualities of honesty, trustworthiness, diligence, responsibility and reliability.
The revelation or discovery of any of the following may be treated as cause for further inquiry before the Board decides whether the applicant possesses the requisite character and fitness to practice law. The foregoing is inclusive of but not limited to:
1. Unlawful conduct.
2. Academic misconduct.
3. Making or procuring any false or misleading statement or omission of relevant information including any false or misleading statement or omission on the application for admission to a college or university, a law school, or to the North Carolina Bar or any amendment or in any testimony or any sworn statement submitted to the Board.
4. Misconduct in employment.
5. Acts involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.
6. Abuse of legal process.
7. Neglect of financial responsibilities.
8. Neglect of professional obligations.
9. Violation of an order of a Court, including failure to pay child support.
10. Military Misconduct. A discharge other than honorable.
11. Evidence of mental or emotional instability.
12. Evidence of drug or alcohol misuse, abuse or dependency.
13. Denial of admission to the Bar in any other jurisdiction on character and fitness grounds.
14. Disciplinary action by a lawyer, disciplinary agency, or other professional disciplinary agency of any jurisdiction.
15. Any other conduct which reflects adversely upon the character or fitness of the applicant.
The Board has developed policies and procedures from many of the above-cited examples of questionable conduct. These include but are not limited to:
A. Unlawful conduct:
The Board may inquire into arrests even if no conviction resulted. There are many reasons why arrests do not result in convictions, and many of them have no bearing on guilt or innocence. The Board is authorized to inquire into all areas of possibly relevant applicant misconduct. The applicant is required to report all incidents, and to provide evidence of rehabilitation, if relevant, and evidence of current good character. The occurrence of an acquittal or dismissal is relevant, but is not dispositive of the issue. This is not to suggest that the Board will assume that any arrest was due to guilty conduct on the part of an applicant. The applicant’s obligation is to be completely forthright regarding all matters about which the Board inquires.
If, at the time of the application, criminal charges are pending against the applicant, the Board will table the application until these charges are resolved. If a conviction results in probation, restitution or some other sentence, the Board will not consider the application until the sentence has been served and probation completed. The Board will then proceed to investigate the facts and circumstances that led to the criminal charges.
B. Making a false statement:
Dishonesty in dealings with employers, schools (including applications for admission) and authorities, including the Board of Law Examiners, is grounds for denial of bar applications. Giving false information on the application or failing to be entirely forthcoming and completely candid in the application process is a serious error which will have negative consequences for an applicant. With respect to non-disclosure on the law school application the Board will require at a minimum evidence that the applicant has made full disclosure of the erroneous or omitted information to the law school administration together with the action if any taken by the law school.
C. Neglect of financial responsibilities:
The Board recognizes that mishandling of client funds is a frequent and serious cause for professional discipline. While admission to the bar does not require a perfect credit record, the Board is interested in whether applicants have dealt honestly and responsibly with their creditors, and whether they are doing so at the time of application. Responsible dealings generally include but are not limited to keeping in contact with the creditor, making payment arrangements, and meeting the terms of those arrangements. If the applicant currently has unpaid collections, judgments, liens, or charged off accounts, in the absence of unusual mitigating circumstances, the Board considers it important that the applicant demonstrate several months payments as agreed to show a good faith effort to clear the debts.
If an applicant has defaulted student loans, the Board may in its discretion hold the application in abeyance until the applicant has made arrangements with the lender(s) for repayment of the loan(s) and has made several months consecutive and uninterrupted monthly payments pursuant to the plan agreed to by the lender(s). Any arrearage in child support must be paid before an applicant will be certified by the Board.
D. Evidence of mental impairment:
Evidence of mental impairment, including evidence of impairment due to psychiatric conditions, is one of the factors about which the Board must inquire in determining the applicant’s fitness to practice law. Board members recognize that the stresses of law school, as well as other life factors, frequently result in applicants seeking psychiatric or psychological counseling. The Board encourages any applicant to obtain such counseling or treatment when potential benefits might accrue. The applicant should not allow the bar application process to deter them from obtaining treatment or counseling when potential benefits might accrue. Applicants should be aware that the Board looks favorably on applicants’ self-recognition of their need for treatment and appropriate utilization of professional services.
E. Drug or alcohol dependency:
Evidence of impairment due to drug or alcohol dependence or abuse is a factor that must be considered by the Board in determining the applicant’s fitness to practice law. The applicant should be prepared to provide treatment records as well as other records of incidents which were associated with any impairment. The Board may require applicants to obtain a drug or alcohol evaluation from a licensed professional recommended by the Board.
An applicant who has a problem with drugs or alcohol is strongly encouraged to get the counseling or treatment needed as soon as possible. If the applicant has been impaired due to chemical dependency or abuse, the applicant’s recognition of the problem and the treatment record will be important positive evidence of rehabilitation, regardless of the seriousness of any misconduct which may have arisen from the chemical dependency.
F. Evidence of Rehabilitation
The Board shall determine whether the character and fitness of an applicant qualify the applicant to take the North Carolina Bar Examination or to be admitted by comity. In making this determination, the following factors should be considered in assigning weight and significance to prior conduct:
1. The applicant's age at the time of the conduct.
2. The recency of the conduct.
3. The reliability of the information concerning the conduct.
4. The seriousness of the conduct.
5. The factors underlying the conduct.
6. The cumulative effect of the conduct or information.
7. The applicant's candor in the admissions process.
8. The materiality of any omissions or misrepresentations.
9. The evidence of rehabilitation and the applicant's positive social contributions since the conduct.
Evidence of rehabilitation is one of the main factors the Board uses to determine whether past problems should lead to denial of an application. Under Rule .0601 of the Board’s Rules, every applicant has the burden of proving that the applicant possesses the qualifications of character and general fitness requisite for an attorney and counselor-at-law and is possessed of such good moral character as to be entitled to the high regard and confidence of the public. An applicant who asserts rehabilitation from prior misconduct which bears adversely upon the applicant’s character and fitness shall be required to produce clear and convincing evidence of such rehabilitation, which may include but are not limited to the following elements:
1. Absence of recent misconduct
2. Strict compliance with the specific conditions of any disciplinary, judicial, administrative or other order, where applicable
3. Impeccable character and moral standing in the community
4. Good reputation for professional ability, where applicable
5. Sufficiency of the punishment including payment of fines and restitution made; including the restitution of funds or property, where applicable
6. Applicant's current attitude about prior offenses (acceptance or responsibility and renunciation of past wrongdoing and remorse)
7. Lack of malice and ill feeling toward those who by duty were compelled to bring about the disciplinary, judicial, administrative or other proceeding
8. Personal assurances, supported by corroborating evidence, of a desire and intention to conduct one's self in an exemplary fashion in the future
9. Applicant's constructive activities and accomplishments subsequent to the criminal conviction
10. Applicant's candor, sincerity and full disclosure in character and fitness proceedings
11. Positive actions beyond those one would do for self benefit including but not limited to working as a guardian ad litem, volunteering on a regular basis with shelters for the homeless or victims of domestic violence or maintaining substantial involvement in other charitable, community or educational organizations whose value system, overall mission and activities are directed to good deeds and humanitarian concerns impacting a broad base of citizens
12. Demonstration of the applicant's understanding of the responsibility to the administration of justice and the practice of law .
Merely showing that an individual is now living as and doing those things that this person should have done throughout life, although necessary to prove rehabilitation, does not prove that the individual has undertaken a useful and constructive place in society. The requirement of a positive action is appropriate for applicants for admission to the bar because service to one’s community is an implied obligation to members of the Bar.
The Board will not consider witness testimony or evidence offered by a witness in support of the applicant on any issue listed above unless the witness has been fully informed of the misconduct before offering the evidence.
FOOTNOTE: These character and fitness guidelines were based on the recommendations by the American Bar Association, the National Conference of Bar Examiners and Association of American Law Schools in the Code of Recommended Standards for Bar Examiners as well on the decision and procedures used in other states.
Adopted October 18, 2001
I Am Looking For Legal Aid In Tennessee?
I Am Getting Divorced And My Husband Is Filing For Full Custody Of Our Children. They Have Lived With Me For The Last Two Years , With No Support Whatsoever From Him. Until About 8 Months Ago, He Had Little To No Contact With Them, Unless Forced To. I Have Proof That He Is A Drug User (Pictures). He Was Granted Temporary Full Custody Today At A Court Hearing That I Was Unable To Attend Because I Was In The Emergency Room With A Sprained Knee, Wrist And A Concussion. The Judge Said She Granted Him Custody Because No One Showed Up For Me, Even Though The Hospital Faxed The Information They Needed To Postpone The Hearing. I Am Not Trying To Keep The Kids Away From Him, I Just Firmly Believe That They Are Better Off Living With Me, And Visiting With Him On The Weekends Until He Is Sober And Drug Free. What I Am Trying To Find Out Is Of There Is Anywhere In East Tn (Monroe County) That Can Provide Low Cost Legal Aid? (Legal Aid Itself Wont Help, They Only Do Domestic Violence Divorces.)
Try this page:
However, if you aren't that poor you just might have to shell out for a lawyer yourself. You can also call the court clerk up and ask them if their any free resources for family law he/she can refer you to.
I looked at the Tennesee court pages and honestly I couldn't make heads or tails out of anything.
Also check with the court when the next hearing is scheduled for your case.
Waving pictures at the judge and calling your husband a drug addict isn't likely to get far. This is all he said, she said stuff and the judges just ignore it. Substantial charges like that have to be layed out in a legal form. Judges can order a full assessment done and the assessor will check into all these allegations by checking crimminal records, interviews with both you and him and see if they have any legs and report back to the court. The assessor can also order psychological exams of both parties. This might be something you need to aim for.
Best Community Service For Law School?
I'M A Student In Buffalo, Ny. I Would Like To Know Which Extra Curricular Things Look Best For Law School. I'M Already A Member Of A National Fraternity, But Really Don'T Have Much Else. I'Ve Been Reading That They Love Diversity And Different Things Like That. I Mean, I'M A Black Guy, But I Dont Think That Will Be Enough. Any Suggestions As Far As What Type Of Community Service Looks The Best Would Be Great. People Who Have Gone Through The Process Too, Would Be Helpful. Thanks
Being URM is the biggest admissions boost out there (other than GPA and LSAT, of course). Without knowing your stats or your goals, I can't say whether your URM-ness will be enough, but generally speaking, URM is the best soft factor you can have on your application, better than volunteer activities or work experience or really anything, save maybe for curing cancer. I'm not even exaggerating all that much.
Law schools do love diversity, and not just racial/ethnic diversity, but diversity of experience. They like to brag about how their students are from a variety of regions in the US and countries around the world. One school even bragged about having three unicyclists matriculating there. Some of the more valuable extracurricular activities are military service, work experience after college, academic awards and honors (dean's list, Fulbright, Rhodes Scholar, etc.), graduate school, Teach for America, being published, starting a non-profit, etc. It doesn't matter what type of community service you do, but if I would pick an overall theme and I would try to assume a leadership role. Law schools love leadership roles. An overall theme is important because it makes the law school think that you have an actual interest and passion for something and that you're not just padding your resume with random activities.
If one of your experiences taught you something that made you a better person or matured you in some way, it'd be good material for your personal statement. Also, as a URM, you should definitely submit a diversity statement. They're not required, but law schools like when URMs write them. It's not always enough to just check a box, I guess. A diversity statement should be about how being black has affected you, your outlook, your life experiences, and so on, and how that could contribute to the overall diversity of the school.
I should add this: GPA, LSAT, and URM are going to be about 98% of your application, but those soft factors begin to matter when you don't have any, and they can provide valuable experiences that will later be of benefit to you when writing your personal statement.
Where Can I Find A Good Constitutional Appeal Lawyer In Louisiana Need Help Asap For Brother?
THE best way to find a lawyer is by word of mouth. Ask your: family, friends, coworkers, anyone you might know in the same situation, etc.
Call your local (usually county) bar association. Ask for names of attorneys that handle your type of matter. (If money is a BIG problem, you could also ask for the phone number of your local LegalAid office. - the attorneys at LegalAid are "real" attorneys, but sometimes in the field of Law, how much you are willing to pay does affect the quality you get.)
Go to your local Public Library. Ask the Reference Librarian for their "MARTINDALE-HUBBELL" - and/or on the computer www.martindale.com - to find an attorney based on practice, geography, etc.
Go to the Court that is associated with your type of matter. For example, if your matter is regarding traffic law, go hang out by Traffic Court (also DUI Court). Ask attorneys that you might see there for their business cards - ask the clerks/secretaries there for names of lawyers. (DON'T make a nuisance of yourself there!)
When you call the law office(s), insist on speaking with the Lawyer. Just tell the Secretary the main idea of your matter - do not tell all the little details of your matter to the Secretary - save the details for the Attorney. When you get the Lawyer on the phone line, ask him/her:
- Do they give >>>FREE, initial consultations for the FIRST meeting? (most do, but not all - you have to ask, don't assume)
- How much do they charge (per hour)?
- Could you make payments on your account?
- Can they help you? OR Refer you to someone who can help you?
(This is based on my knowledge, information, belief, and life experiences. This was intended as personal opinion, and not intended to be used as legal advice. Seeking advice over the Internet is not a good idea - the field of Law is too complex for that. Please be careful and do your research.)
Law Students/Lawyers, "Major" Decision?
I Want To Major In Sociology Because That Is What Interests Me. Is This An "Ok" Major If I Plan On Attending Law School?
This is a good major because it is a social science and any science will give you good practice at critical thinking and reasoning. (The best prep for law school of course is philosophy.)
Also, you need good grades to get into law school and you are more likely to be good at and get good grades in something you are really interested in.
Can I Sue The Salvation Army After Receiving A Brain Injury In Their Rehab?
While Performing &Quot;Work Therapy&Quot; In A Warehouse At The Salvation Armys Adult Rehabilitation Center I Received A Traumatic Brain Injury. I Now Have Seizures, Severe Headaches And Require 24 Hour Supervision. Can I Sue Them For Negligence Among Other Things?
Sure you can sue. If you can win or not depends on the details of your case. You will need a doctor that is willing to say that what ever happened there caused your issues and you will need a lawyer to help you prove that they caused the situation.