Law Student Disciplinary Defense Lawyer in New York
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Although you may not be a professional attorney yet, you still must adhere to certain standards of conduct. Law students face disciplinary action if they violate applicable ethics codes and standards of conduct, just like attorneys. Disciplinary action can result in severe consequences. To ensure that you are protected from these penalties, McDonough & McDonough is here to help you.
Your eventual admission to the bar will depend in part upon evaluation of your character and fitness, which includes identifying any past legal issues, drug and alcohol use, disciplinary action in school, and more. Your behavior during law school is just as important to your career as passing the bar or your first job.
Our entire practice is dedicated to providing representation to other attorneys, as well as people who are studying law and working to become an attorney. Contact us today to speak with our law student disciplinary defense attorneys in New York.
Law Student Disciplinary Defense Cases
While a law student may not be faced with some of the same disciplinary issues, we have seen many different situations where a law student has gotten in trouble while attending school, which had future consequences during the admission process.
A law student disciplinary defense case may focus on situations such as:
- False representations
- Dishonesty on your application
- Sexual misconduct
Consequences of Misconduct for Law Students
Law students can face a variety of penalties if found guilty of misconduct or other offenses. Depending on the severity of the offense, school issued consequences can range from being admonished or suspended, to more serious consequences such as revocation of admission and never being able to pursue a career in law. As you can see, a disciplinary situation that is not properly resolved can severely hinder a law student’s continuing at law school or their ability to become an admitted attorney.
A law student who is found guilty of misconduct or law violations may face penalties such as:
- Academic probation
- Disciplinary action on their record
- Loss of scholarships
- Loss of student housing
More importantly, when you finish law school and pass the bar your entire law school file will be forwarded to the character and fitness committees for the jurisdictions you are applying to. Any discipline or other negative items in your file will likely be made a part of your character and fitness review. The character and fitness review process can result in the rejection of your admission or cause significant delay in admission. It is important to have the help of an experienced attorney who can help you with your disciplinary case and avoid these school issued penalties and potential roadblocks to admission. We are committed to your success and are uniquely qualified to assist you.
We are available to discuss the details of your situation and get started on building your case. Our legal team will answer your questions and be sure to communicate with you throughout the progression of your case. To get the help of experienced attorneys who are on your side, contact McDonough & McDonough today!