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Law degree? Check. Pass the bar? Check. Part-time job at the PDs office? Check. A ton of student debt? Hold on a minute there

Bar application denied for inability to pay law school debt

Law degree? Check. Pass the bar? Check. Part-time job at the PDs office? Check. A ton of student debt? Hold on a minute there

About Brett Clark

I am an attorney at the Crowley Fleck law firm in Helena, Montana. I practice civil litigation, primarily in professional liability defense and commercial litigation. Most of my clients are lawyers, accountants, and a variety of other professionals. I received my JD from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2006 and a BA in political science from Carroll College in Helena, Montana. Contact Brett by e-mail at bclark@crowleyfleck.com

2 comments

  1. I’m trying to figure out 1) why they didn’t deny half of their new admitees if employment + law school debt is a problem for character and fitness, and 2) why they think it’s less responsible to stick with a real job prospect, even if it’s part-time for a while, instead of joining the masses applying for every other job. It is a weird circular outcome for the guy. Although I’ve decided that in professional responsibility cases that seem to have a weird outcome that the lawyer also failed to cooperate, etc., so I’m wondering if there’s more here than what’s in the case.

  2. Is it possible that this ruling could end up having a racially disparate impact if white students are more likely to graduate with less debt? Could it also be seen as a form of class warfare? I hope that Ohio’s Supreme Court Justices and bar examiners are pilloried for this outrage.

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