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Attorney-wannabe Young Park figures if you can’t join ‘em, might as well sue ‘em. Park, who has flunked the California bar exam three times, filed a suit against the State Bar of California last Wednesday after his most recent unsuccessful attempt. Park, a 1998 graduate of University of West Los Angeles School of Law, admits the first two times he wasn’t prepared. But when he took the test for the third time in February 2000, he had a good feeling. So when his name didn’t appear on the pass list, Park fired off a letter to Jerome Braun, State Bar admissions executive, asking to see a copy of handwritten grading sheets to compare with electronic records. “I am pretty confident about the results. I know what I did. All I asked them is to please allow me to check my papers at the State Bar,” Park said. Park, now an engineer and systems manager at Santa Clara, Calif.-based Azalea Microelectronics Corp., says he needed to check the hand-written papers because it’s all too easy to hack into the California Bar’s computer system and monkey with scores. Braun repeatedly refused Park’s request, writing that hand-written grade sheets are covered under “work product.” In a later letter, Braun wrote that grade sheets for the February 2000 test had been destroyed, which is routine policy. Park, 44, said he tried to hire an attorney, but found no one would represent him. So Park — maybe not a card-carrying member but a lawyer in spirit — filed a suit pro per in Santa Clara Superior Court last week. Park accuses the State Bar of violating the State Bar Act, which states that applicants have a right to inspect the grading of the papers; fraud; negligent misrepresentation; and negligence. Park also is asking the court to enjoin the Bar to disclose any remaining grade sheets. State Bar spokeswoman Nancy McCarthy said they hadn’t seen the suit and couldn’t comment. But McCarthy said Park isn’t the first. She said a handful of law students over the years have sued for various reasons after failing the exam. Park, who holds bachelor’s degrees in computer science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, admits that filing a suit isn’t the best way to introduce himself to the people he hopes will be his future colleagues. But he says he felt compelled to fight. “Lawyer is still my goal, but if I can’t be a lawyer, I can fix the unethical system,” Park said. “The worst case, I can fix the unethical act and I can work as an engineer.”

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