If someone was convicted of a felony, can they later become an attorney?


Asked on June 5, 2016 under Criminal Law, New York


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

A convicted felon can become licensed to practice law in the majority of states; just 3 states (KS, MS and TX) prohbit it. That having been said, while a felony conviction does not preclude an applicant from admission to a state bar, before being granted admission to the bar, a state will evaluate an applicant's fitness to practice law to prove current good moral character.

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