Yale Law School 2016 grad Dwayne Betts was informed earlier this month that he was denied admission by the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee after passing Connecticut’s bar exam this past February. The reason given was “a record manifesting a significant deficiency in the honesty, trustworthiness, diligence or reliability of an applicant may constitute a basis for denial of admission.”
Back in 1996, at the age of 16, Betts carjacked a man at gunpoint and ended up serving eight years of a nine year prison sentence. He’s been, by all accounts, an outstanding citizen ever since and many are shocked that he was denied bar admission.
We just wanted to post this so you know that if you have something in your past, make sure you find out BEFORE law school if it will prevent you from gaining bar admission afterward. Law school is expensive, so please make assumptions that may prove to be very costly.