Confidentiality in bar admissions
February 12, 2014 9:41 AM Subscribe
I have a friend in law school who sees a therapist. She is worried that her therapist's notes can and will be accessed by the bar admissions people as part of the background check process. She has been told this, either by fellow students or professors. Is this true?
posted by CheeseLouise to Law & Government (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Evidently the therapist even told her that he would write in shorthand and keep a lot of mental notes to avoid having much information about her sessions recorded on paper. So, when you are applying for admission to the bar, do they really contact your therapist and ask for session notes? Are therapists required to comply? This seems to me like a major breach of doctor patient confidentiality that would not be tolerated by most bar applicants and doctors, but she seems to think it's perfectly normal. This is in Louisiana, if it matters. I'm sorry if I'm not using the correct terminology regarding the bar application process, obviously I'm not a lawyer. Also this is just for my own curiosity regarding the process; I'm not worried about my friend or anything.