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Law Student Admissions and Ethics - Rethinking Character and Fitness Inquiries

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dc.contributor.author Fortney, Susan Saab
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-09T21:27:38Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-09T21:27:38Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation 45 S. Tex. L. Rev. 983 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10601/122
dc.description.abstract This article expands on the use and recommended methods of including criminal background inquiries on law school applications. Part I of this article begins with an introduction to the ethics issues arising in connection with the admission of law students. Part II focuses on different purposes served by criminal background questions on the law school admission application, including screening applicants’ fitness to practice law. Part III considers the various ways law schools handle applicants’ nondisclosure and expands on the benefits of a modified amnesty program. Part IV explores how criminal background inquiries differ in depth, spanning from questions asking about criminal convictions to questions covering criminal charges, and how these inquiries may reflect a socio-economic bias. Part V details the advantages lawyers can provide applicants regarding disclosure. The article concludes by recommending measures law schools can take to effectively employ criminal background inquiries while simultaneously limiting any socio-economic bias. en_US
dc.publisher South Texas Law Review
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dc.subject Law school admissions en_US
dc.subject Criminal background checks en_US
dc.title Law Student Admissions and Ethics - Rethinking Character and Fitness Inquiries en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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