Can you say "a mountain of student debt?"
One former Hastings law student has made it into the New York Times, picture and all, for $400,000 in student loans earned over 26 years.
The paper describes the lifetime of misfortunes that helped steer Robert Bowman, who’s 47, toward that astronomical sum.
His road to becoming a lawyer involved a childhood spent in foster homes, two tragic accidents and years of rehab, Hastings law school and international travel. He passed the New York bar exam in February 2008 on his fourth try.
While the committee of New York lawyers that reviews bar admission applications found his tenaciousness awesome, a group of state appellate judges didn’t agree.
They denied Bowman entry into law practice in the spring. “Applicant has not presently established the character and general fitness requisite for an attorney and counselor-at-law,” the NYT quotes them.
Bowman is now preparing to sue his way to practice, which, we’re guessing, won’t help lower that debt load. Any guesses on when he'll make his very first payment?
Petra is a Cal Law reporter.