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Is it a crazy dream for a convicted felon to dream that he can get into law school with a felony record? Is it crazy to believe that he can get his bar license with an extensive felony record?
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Read the book "Law Man" from Shon Hopwood and you'll find that it's totally realistic and doable.
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It can be done. It is not an easy road. Law school is expensive. Not all law schools will accept felons. Once you have a JD, you then have to be accepted by the State Bar you want to practice in. Some states refuse to accept felons. I don't know the current list. Those that do, some require it be at least 5 years since your release. They look at the nature of the crime, how long it has been since the crime was committed, and that you are fully rehabilitated. Anything showing treatment, counseling, volunteer work, letters or recommendation.

That American Bar Association has stated, "The fact of a conviction, we have argued, is a matter to be taken into account, . . . A person’s conviction may be, but is not necessarily, related to the ability to engage in a particular trade or occupation."

Also, to be realistic, if you are convicted on fraud it's probably not a good idea to want to work in the financial industry.

Daniel Manville served three years and four months in jail for manslaughter. While he was in jail he studied the legal profession, earning two college degrees. After he got out he went to law school. He passed the bar, representing both prison guards and inmates in civil court cases and then taught law at Michigan State University.

Casey Mullen was arrested at the college he was attending - an addict and selling drugs at age 19. After 3 years minimum sentence, he went back tothe same university and eventually completed his BA, JD, and was accepted by the Pennsylvania Bar. He worked for a couple of big firms and then started his own criminal law firm.

There are some who are famous for having been ex cons and others we never hear about. But, as for the journey and how tough it can be, here is a really good article form the New York Times Magazine last year. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/16/m...-yale-law.html
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Is it a crazy dream for a convicted felon to dream that he can get into law school with a felony record? Is it crazy to believe that he can get his bar license with an extensive felony record?

No, not crazy at all....and its doable:

DREAMS COME TRUE: Former inmate turns life around, becomes lawyer

From Inmate to Attorney: Dwayne Betts Nominated to Criminal Justice Commission


He robbed banks and went to prison. His time there put him on track for a new job: Georgetown law professor.


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your last link is about the book I mentioned above... real cool story!
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