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What You Should Know If You Are a Law Student Accused of Sexual Assault

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 06, 2018 | 0 Comments

Students spend several years in school acquiring the skills to become a legal professional. They must first conquer their undergrad, and then attend law school for at least three years, and pass the bar to ultimately practice law. When students attend law school, their goal of practicing begins to materialize. If they endure through this phase of their academic journey, they'll be out in the field working as actual professionals. One of the worst fears of law students is to get that far to fail.

Merely being accused of sexual misconduct in law school exposes the student to severe repercussions. Each year, law students across the nation have their academic and professional plans put in jeopardy due to misconduct allegations. For students who feel that they are innocent, and are facing exaggerated or fabricated claims, the priority is to clear your name and put this whole situation behind you. For the purposes of this article, I will give you some insight as to what's at stake, and the resources that are available to help you prevail in the Title IX process.

Sanctions can impede your education

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sexual misconduct in all of its forms - sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence etc. It is implemented and enforced in the majority of educational institutions in the nation, including colleges and universities. In compliance with this law, schools are required to resolve complaints concerning sexual misconduct promptly and appropriately.

Once a student has been accused of allegations of this nature, they are hurled into the middle of what's known as the Title IX adjudication process. It entails an investigation and an informal or formal hearing. At the tail end of this process, an institution will come up with a verdict that labels you “responsible” or “not responsible” for a violation of Title IX school policy.

The imposition of sanctions imposed following a “responsible” finding are notoriously harsh. Law students have been subjected to no less than a semester and year-long suspensions, and even expulsion. These repercussions will completely derail a law student's academic plans.

Disciplinary actions can affect your career

The preservation of your academic record is essential for a successful academic and professional career in the legal field especially. In order to become a licensed professional and to even attend law school, bar examiners, admissions officers, and prospective employers will thoroughly evaluate your student record and criminal record. Any instances that are indicative of low or questionable integrity or morals will make people reluctant to grant acceptance to law school, admission to the bar, or to hire you as a practicing attorney.

You need a student defense attorney

The only way to make sure your voice is heard and your rights are upheld is to retain a student defense attorney. National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento has the skill, experience, and expertise to help you preserve your entitled rights under Title IX and your school's policy. For a case evaluation or more information about his representation, contact him online or give him a call at 888-535-3686 today.

About the Author

Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Joseph D. Lento has more than a decade of experience passionately fighting for the futures of his clients. Mr. Lento represents students and others in disciplinary cases and other proceedings at universities and colleges across the United States while concurrently fighting in criminal courtrooms in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, and New Jersey. Mr. Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand universities and colleges across the United States. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide.

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