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Law School Applications / What would you do? Expunge or ignore?
« on: June 21, 2008, 05:28:43 AM »
In my state, it costs money to have records expunged.  So, I've never bothered to do it.  It has never prevented me from obtaining employment or education.

I was charged w/ Fraudulent Checks in 1999 in South Carolina (2 checks, totaling less than $20) and in North Carolina, a 2004 Misdemeanor Larceny (a street sign worth $75).  Both sets of charges were dismissed but both still show on criminal background checks as "charges; dismissed."

Is this worth paying to be expunged?  I don't want them to count against me now or in the future.  Will I have enough time to get the records clear before I apply in the late Fall?

Thanks in advance.

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I'm only 3 months into the idea of becoming a lawyer.  I suppose I never considered it before b/c I had a pretty severe misconception of what lawyers actually did until I began work in my current field (mental health clinician). 

I have a graduate degree already with a high GPA.  However, my UGA is only 2.97.  My practice LSAT's are in the 170's and I plan on studying from now until the next test.  I've used the UGA/LSAT guesstimator to see where I stand and it's scary.

Since I'm new to the field, I'm not set on a Tier or a career post-grad in a large firm.  I actually plan to work in a rural part of the country in public service.  Still, the program that interests me the most in my region with the most opportunities, clinics, etc is a Top 10 school.  Ugh.

I figure it's pretty much gone.  Should I apply anyway, just in case?  Since I come from a different field that seems a bit more subjective with their admissions criteria, I'm totally uncertain whether these numbers are hard and fast or flexible.

Thanks in advance. I'm 29 so all of my friends have long since completed this process and don't really have any current answers for me.

Oh, also, will they even get a chance to see that I have a graduate degree?  Is there a way to sell myself that plays up my accomplishments in my field/public policy that can overdo the GPA?

Thanks again.

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1. where's the search feature so I can see what info is already out there?

2. any other career-change specific groups out there on the internet (i'm coming from mental health, MSW)

3. how can I be sure I even really understand what law school can do for me?  I think I understand what I'm getting into but I also thought I knew with my MSW degree.  Is there somewhere on the internet I can go to basically get an answer to...  I want to do _____________ , will a law degree help me do that or is it not the best choice?

Thanks in advance for your direction!

Be well.

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