In this episode of Remotely Ethical, we discuss whether inaccurate information on a law school application might impede a law school graduate's subsequent admission to the bar.
This topic was suggested to us by recent coverage about Tara Reade (the individual who has made certain accusations against Joe Biden). According to news reports, Ms. Reade claims to have received an undergraduate degree from Antioch, but the school has denied that she earned a degree. Ms. Reade did earn a law degree from Seattle School of Law (a school that requires an undergraduate degree as a condition of admission). Although Ms. Read did not subsequently apply for admission to the bar or practice law, this story made us think about how inaccuracies on a law school application might subsequently affect admission to the bar.
Important disclaimer: We have no knowledge or opinion about whether Ms. Reade's statements about her undergraduate education are accurate. We understand that Ms. Reade has disputed Antioch's account.
In this episode, we cover:
- The implications of Rule 8.1 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, which requires lawyers to be candid in the admissions process;
- How discrepancies between a law school application and an application for admission to the bar might come to light during the admissions process and why they might impede a law graduate's admission;
- What to do if you realize that your law school application has inaccurate information, which could later affect your admission to the bar;
- How inaccuracies on your law school application or bar application might come to light years later, and could unravel your career;
- How arrests, criminal convictions, or youthful indiscretions should be handled during the application process.
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"This is what we tell our admissions clients every single time . . . The cover up is always worse than the crime."