November 2, 1989 |
Of about 7,000 candidates who took the New York state bar exams in July, 30 percent flunked. But the only flunkee with star power enough to make it here and into hundreds of other newsy spaces worldwide is John F. Kennedy Jr. The good news for him, though, is that his $30,000-a-year job as a Manhattan assistant district attorney is safe - for the moment. Office policy says ADAs get three shots at the bar exam before they are asked to check their career goals. "It's too bad," said a law-enforcement source who asked not to be identified, "because it puts more pressure on him. But he is a smart kid and he will pass the bar. " Kennedy, who didn't return phone calls after his test results were reported Tuesday, can take heart from his cousin, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who failed his exam in 1983 but was admitted to the New York bar in 1985.
February 18, 1988 |
It's like the exit lane off the interstate, where you ease away from the heavy traffic and slow down from the workday. It's the place where you merge toward home, where your mood shifts into low gear. It's like the driveway out back, where you used to sit in the car and turn on the late-night radio, so you wouldn't disturb the folks up at the house. It's the neighborhood tavern. Drive around the Northeast at night, pop in here and there, and you get some sense of how the bars are taking care of the neighborhoods.
November 5, 2013 |
It is the last agonizing hurdle of law school, and it takes place after graduation. Each summer and fall, thousands of law students nationwide throw themselves into frenzied review courses in advance of taking the bar exam. They spend hundreds of hours and often quite a bit of money cramming for a test that will, for most, decide whether the three preceding years lead to a career or were merely a futile exercise. This torment typically has been the newly graduated law student's alone to bear.
May 2, 1990 |
Poor John F. Kennedy Jr. can't even fail his bar exam without the world knowing about it. People magazine's "sexiest man alive" woke up yesterday to New York City's three daily tabloids blaring on its front pages in industrial- strength type: "The Hunk Flunks," "The Hunk Who Flunked" and "The Hunk Flunks . . . Again. " There were the requisite photos of Kennedy, with Newsday featuring the late president's son bare-chested with an animal tooth hanging on a chain around his neck. "I am very disappointed again," Kennedy, 29, told breathless media types after his futile second try to become a certified lawyer.
November 14, 1995 |
Hundreds of would-be lawyers descended on City Hall yesterday, and more than a few walked away crestfallen: The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners released the results of the July bar exam, and the pass rate was almost 15 percentage points below last year's. Pennsylvania's bar exam, once reputedly a breeze, is now a bear. "It's pretty much what I predicted," said Dale G. Larrimore, a Center City lawyer who works for a company that prepares students to take the bar exam. Changes in the essay portion of the two-day exam caused the plunge in the pass rate.
February 23, 1995 |
Those who say there are too many lawyers will welcome the news that in one state it just got tougher to join the legal profession: Pennsylvania. Today, as aspiring lawyers around Pennsylvania heave a sigh of relief at having the bar exam behind them, the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners is adopting a more stringent system of scoring that test. Pennsylvania's exam has long had a reputation for being easy, which made it a magnet for law school grads from other jurisdictions - particularly the District of Columbia, which allows its lawyers-to-be to take the bar exam in any state.
May 21, 2015 |
Philadelphia advanced 15 judges closer to the city benches Tuesday - including several who were previously filling vacancies, and one with a disciplinary record. The winners of the Democratic primary - most of whom are expected to win the general election - will make up close to 10 percent of the bench in an election year with many vacancies. Voters had to choose from 52 names on the ballot - a record number in recent history - after a rush of candidates signed up for a shot this year.
July 13, 1989 |
Republican candidate for clerk of courts Edward G. Schmid, who has emphasized his legal education and experience in his campaign, acknowledged last week that he has flunked the state bar exam three or four times. He said he is not currently a member of the bar. Schmid, 32, the first deputy clerk of courts, holds a 1982 law degree from the Delaware Law School of Widener University. He said that he makes a distinction between being a "lawyer," which he considers himself to be by virtue of his degree, and being a "practicing attorney," which Schmid said he has not held himself out to be. He said that he had taken and failed the state bar exam "at least three times" and possibly four.
January 12, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for state attorney general, has acknowledged that he never took the Pennsylvania bar examination and has not tried a case in the state's courts. Murphy told the Associated Press this week that he took Minnesota's bar exam after graduating from Widener University Law School in Harrisburg in 1999. He said he was entering the Army Judge Advocate General Corps and decided to take Minnesota's bar exam because fellow officers told him he would get the results sooner.
April 12, 2012 |
A Gloucester County doctor who shot and killed his former colleague at Virtua before committing suicide Wednesday apparently believed his target was behind his alleged dismissal from the hospital's medical residency program. Authorities said Giocondo "Joe" Navek, 39, shot Payman Houshmandpour, 32, a resident at Virtua, multiple times at 7:30 a.m. as the victim prepared to leave for work from his home at The Club at Main Street in Voorhees. Houshmandpour had just said goodbye to his wife and their 20-month-old infant and was pulling his silver Audi out of a parking space when Navek approached him. Navek, a former Virtua resident, fired through Houshmandpour's car window and was driving away in a silver Nissan when police stopped him about a mile away on Centennial Boulevard, authorities said.