Thursday, October 26, 2006

Tomorrow, I'll Be a Real Lawyer!

I've been practicing under a provisional license since I started at my new job, but tomorrow, I will finally be official. I passed the ethics portion of the Washington bar exam, which, thankfully, was the only part of the bar that I had to take to get my license here. Tomorrow, I take their "new lawyer" class, and will be sworn in at the end of it. I'll finally be a real lawyer--no matter what my clients might say!


Anonymous Gideon said...

Woohoo! Congratulations :)

So what was the ethics exam like? Sample question please?

10/26/2006 6:11 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Congratulations! Go forth and fight for justice (some more)! Was it the MPRE or a separate Washington one?

10/26/2006 7:05 PM  
Blogger 123txpublicdefender123 said...

Washington doesn't use the MPRE, which is why I had to take the ethics part of their exam for my reciprocity license. They have their own ethics exam that is given on the last day of their bar exam. It was pretty much like a law school exam, with a fact scenario full of ethically questionable issues that you had to spot and comment on.

"Attorney Anna was hired by Felonious Fred to represent him in a murder case. Anna guarantees Fred that he will be acquitted, telling him that if he isn't, she will cut her fee by half. When Fred quetions her about her confidence, Anna tells him that she is old law school buddies with the judge, and she always gets what she wants from him.

Prosecutor Paul knows he has a tough case, and he is under a lot of pressure to win because of the media attention. He tells a group of reporters that Fred has confessed to the crime, and that even though the judge has ruled the confession inadmissible, everyone knows Fred is guilty, and he will do whatever it takes to convict him.

At trial, Paul tells the jury in his opening statement that they will prove that 'this confessed murderer is guilty as charged.' During the trial, Anna gets a call from one of the state's witnesses who says that she is afraid to testify against Fred. Anna tells her to ignore her subpoena and leave the state.

Discuss this conduct in light of the Rules of Professional Conduct."

Real world stuff, you know?

10/27/2006 8:16 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Beats the MPRE: "Corporation ABC hired firm XYZ. An attorney from XYZ moved to firm 123 who represents ABC's competitor company 789." There are then multiple choice responses about how to deal with the situation, everything from a chinese wall to killing the attorney. They're pretty easy if you can manage to keep the various companies and law firms the the scenario straight! That was the worst part of the MPRE. I like yours better.

10/27/2006 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Gideon said...

WOW. That's such a bad question.

10/28/2006 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Sanchovilla said...

Congrats! Enjoy your first Monday as a Real lawyah!

10/29/2006 9:35 PM  
Blogger Audacity said...

I think I know Prosecutor Paul..

11/03/2006 11:33 AM  

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