No Admission to Bar Due to Debt
In what is seen as an unusual case, panel of appellate judges in New York has rejected the admission of a potential member who passed the bar over...wait for it...debt. The student, who took the better part of a decade off for post-accident rehabilitation (relearning to walk, no big deal), and then got his LLM from an English school, ended his legal education with $230K of debt. It ballooned to $400k in over four years. He hadn't made payments on it due to a dispute with Fannie Mae over what he owes. When debt collectors picked up the loan, the loan picked up 25%, then one debt collector transfered to another, another 25%. The judges held that he was unfit to practice law. This same group that has overlooked solicitation of a minor for immoral purposes and other heinous crimes, will evidently let in chimos (child molesters) but not people with debt.
Gotta love it. They want you to repay the loans, but won't let you actually work to do so. In this economy, expect to see a lot more people getting their license revoked for non-payment if New York has its way.
The print version differs from the online version I linked to and is recommended reading.