Stephen Glass in not alone in pursuing a career practicing law after a track record for behavior which makes state bars reject them for membership. As we know, those institutions look for evidence of good character.
For Glass, what prevented him from being admitted to both the New York and California bars was his breach of journalistic ethics at The New Republic. He fabricated about half his stories. Here is one version of his saga.
Of course, miscreants have comebacks all the time. That's even if they had served time in prison. The classic example is Watergate player Chuck Colson. His next career was being a minister. That worked out spendidly.
The folly of the Glass attempted Next was choosing a path which mandated the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for solid character. The puzzle is that he invested so much time and money in this. He attended Georgetown Law School and studied for and passed the bar exam in two states. He could have taken paths that made more sense. Those range from studying coding to becoming a certified career coach helping others who also fell from grace.
This is an issue because others, whose track record mitigates against being permitted into the bar, also become determined that they will practice law. They may or may not persuade the bar to admit them. I know one Millennial who finished his first year. He became fascinated with law during his own encounters with it while abusing substances. Yes, there is a record of that, a long one. Of course, he drags around angst about the bar's giving him the thumbs down like a bad of rotting fruit.
He is good looking, with excellent social skills. He could have gone the sales route. He could have gone for a degree in social work to counsel substance abusers. He could have started a small business.
Passion for any field, including law, is not enough justification to invest in it if the odds of success are against us. That's plain folly in this era in which education and training are so expensive and there's a glut of talent in most disciplines.