New York Bar Admissions

When a qualified candidate has received his or her degree from an accredited law school, has passed the bar exam and has filed the necessary applications, admission to the bar may still be denied. This is usually because of some difficulty in the applicant's past.

Often it is because of a previous criminal charge or conviction, a dishonorable discharge from the armed services, or a suspension, dismissal, or removal from public office or past employment.

The good news for candidates who fear they may be denied admission to the bar is that by law they are entitled to a hearing on these issues before a referee or a the committee on character and fitness. And if a denial of the application is recommended to the Appellate Division, you must be provided with the reasons for it, as well as a opportunity to challenge the negative recommendation before the Court.

Nicholas C. Cooper represents applicants in all phases of the admission process, including hearings before the committees on character and fitness and if necessary, litigation at the Appellate Division. With over 35 years of experience in this area, he is well-acquainted with every aspect of these proceedings and understands how to present you and the issues relevant to your application, no matter how difficult, in a most favorable light.

Nicholas C. Cooper also serves as a legal consultant and provides legal representation to individuals who wish to avoid problems later and want to petition for an advance ruling on these past issues - even when they have only applied to law school.

If you want to become an lawyer but have an issue in your past that you believe may result in your being denied admission to the bar, speak with a qualified New York bar admissions attorney and get the legal advice and representation you need to help make that possible. Nicholas C. Cooper can help you to get started in the right direction.