Can a convicted felon become a lawyer?

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Can a convicted felon become a lawyer?

I am enrolled for paralegal studies at this time and once I have my degree I am continuing with criminal and family law. I have been told by many that a felon can not be a lawyer in PA; I prefer to hear it from a person of the law. And what would I have to do to become a lawyer?

Asked on August 12, 2011 Pennsylvania

Answers:

David Novack / Jaeger & Blankner

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

About eight months ago there was an article in the local bar association newspaper that discussed the journey of a convicted felon who turned their life around and has now become a successful attorney.  So it has been done!  The first thing you need to do is petition the court to reinstate your civil rights.  You need to check to see if you are eligible and then file the necessary paperwork.  AFter having your civil rights restored, then begin the long process of studying for the LSAT and applying to law schools.  Make sure you are absolutely honest with your past and provide as much information as possible.  Good luck!


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