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January 19, 2005

2L's Undergo Extensive Background Checks

The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report discusses the background checks required for second year law students by the Louisiana Supreme Court. The article touches on the comprehensiveness of the checks as well as the efforts of Chuck Plattsmier's office to root out unfit lawyers. As a second year law student, I can personally attest that not only is this report is absurdly long and detailed, but I had to pay for the pleasure of completing it. Luckily, I am confident that I will be approved, but I cannot imagine going through three years of law school only to be told that I cannot take the bar exam.

Posted by Capital Clerks at January 19, 2005 02:22 PM

This is a personal pet peeve of mine too. It cost entirely too much and it was a giant pain in the posterior. Honestly, this should be done in conjunction with the LSAT. You pre '99 guys are lucky that you didn't have to jumpt through this hoop.

Posted by: Steve at January 19, 2005 02:35 PM

I think that application and the bar exam are a little bit like hazing the new guys. Of course they serve a needed purpose, but they seem so comprehensive and exhaustive that they feel like punishment.

What is worse is the feeling of dread when you realize you've left something out. I had a speeding ticket that I forgot about when I filled out my application. For several months after realizing it wasn't included, I was sporadically freaking out. My PR prof told me to file an amendment immediately but I could barely remember where I was when I got the ticket much less its circumstances. Somehow, I got through and you will do the same.

URGENT: Remember to make a copy of that application when you finish and store it in a safe place. I lost mine and had to do the whole thing over again, right down to the forgotten speeding ticket, when I moved to Louisiana.

Posted by: Otis Nixon at January 19, 2005 04:22 PM
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