I can't find any statistics.
There's plenty of statistics on Bar Examination passage. We all know though that the Bar Exam is a complete waste of paper.
As I watch the Bar admission and Bar grievance process, I have begun to wonder whether there is any correlation between a lawyer who commits an ethical violation, and a lawyer who has character and fitness issues at admission.
I never ask my clients in Bar grievance cases whether they had issues getting admitted to the Bar. Maybe I should. Maybe I should start my own small survey.
I think about this because I think the Bar admission process has gotten out of hand. Questions about speeding tickets, long ago misdemeanor offenses, "stuff-everyone-does-as-a-kid," and meaningless discrepancies are appearing more and more. Why is this? Are Bar applicants lying more than they used to, or is it that there's too many applicants, and therefore these silly things are more important?
I don't know.
But I do think it's important to know whether there is a correlation. Is a questionable, or "questioned" applicant more likely to be unethical? Does anyone know?
I want to know.
Anyone have any stats for me?
Located in Miami, Florida, Brian Tannebaum practices Bar Admission and Discipline and Criminal Defense. He is the author of I Got A Bar Complaint.