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Friday, January 14, 2011

Ohio Supreme Court Denies Ohio State Grad's Application to Sit for Bar Because of $170k Student Loan Debt

The Ohio Supreme Court has denied an Ohio State graduate's application to sit for the Ohio Bar on character on fitness grounds because he had no "feasible plan" to pay off his $170,000 in student loan debt (as well as $16,500 in credit-card debt) in light of his part time job with the public defender's office. He previously had failed the Ohio bar exam three times (July 2008, February 2009, and July 2009).

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If only there was some kind of exam in his field of studies that would qualify him for a professional position which would enable him to pay back his debts. Let's see....

To show himself to be above the standards for "character and fitness," he could have pointed out all the Congressmen who are lawyers.

Posted by: Woody | Jan 14, 2011 7:54:37 AM

How stupid is this decision? He can't pay his bills and hasn't a sufficient plan so he is unfit to work as a lawyer in a full time job that would presumably help him come up with a plan however futile it is likely to be given public defender salaries. He must be one of those idiot true believers who thinks law schools and the organized bar want people who believe in public service. No, we want people willing to borrow obscene amounts of money who will pay that money to the law school and not question whether law school makes financial sense. You don't have a plan and guess what else .......?" Not to worry, though. The government has a bailout program for people who are at least trying to fix their own mess. He is working, going to school, and being a father and a husband, so I am sure he will get a fair shake from the bar. I know because in law school, especially the most expensive and selective, we teach students not only about efficiency and equity, but also that eventually - inevitably - truth, justice, will prevail and that almost 100 percent of graduates start out making more money than most folk.

Posted by: Darryll Jones | Jan 14, 2011 12:35:47 PM

Ohio should talk-they are the number ONE state listed by many commentators that will file BANKRUPTCY due to mismanagement of their pension assets.-assuming new laws are passed allowing states to file chapeter 9-. See the study by Professors at Northwestern University and other
Perhaps a blessing in disguise and this student will leave bankrupt OHIO.

Posted by: Nick Paleveda MBA J.D. LL.M | Jan 15, 2011 10:09:40 AM