Can you licensed to practice law, with an arrest record but no convictions?

Asked over 1 year ago - Brooklyn, NY

How difficult is it, what obstacles?

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Can you *be* licensed. excuse me

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  1. Jayson Lutzky

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    Answered . Yes you can. You will need to disclose all criminal charges to the bar when you apply to be licensed. If you are charged with a crime after you are admitted, then you do not have to do anything until there is a conviction. to be double sure check the biennial application for your law license in NYS.

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  2. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . Yes.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases.... more
  3. Joseph A Lo Piccolo

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    Answered . Yes--it's an issue for character and fitness once you pass the bar but it should happen!

    I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a... more
  4. Mark E Bratlien

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    Answered . Yes. There are criminal convictions you can have and still earn a law degree and be licensed. State Bar examiners look at applications and convictions on a case by case basis.

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  5. Douglas Holbrook

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    Answered . Yes, it is the convictions that cause problems. And anticipate possible questions regarding the circumstances surrounding the arrests.

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