Seems that University of California Hastings College of Law graduate Robert Bowman is in a bit of a catch-22, courtesy of the New York State bar. As The New York Times reports, Bowman owes roughly $400,000 in student loans. But Bowman doesn't stand a chance of ever repaying those loans now that he's been denied admission to the New York bar, because five appellate judges viewed Bowman's hefty debt and inability to repay it as evidence of a "lack of general character and fitness requisite for an attorney."
To be fair, the judges were more concerned with the fact that Bowman hadn't made any payments on his debt since 2000, when he graduated law school, rather than the size of the amount owed. But Bowman has had a difficult time along the way. He paid for college (he needed 10 years to graduate, for medical reasons), law school and a masters of law program in London through loans -- 32 in all. He then took the bar four times before he managed to pass. In the meantime, he experienced medical problems and duly sought deferrals from his lenders, who either failed to record his requests or improperly denied them.
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