Law School Discussion

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - guinnessc

Pages: [1]
Law School Applications / disclosure statement?
« on: March 10, 2012, 06:44:05 AM »
So, I am not  worried about my LSAT or my GPA so much as I am worried about the disclosure statements. I am in fact, very worried about them. I am now 22 years old and have been clean for 3 years (yes from drugs, I know I'm an idiot). When I was 19, I was arrested for PCS (controlled substance) which is a Class 4 felony. I was given a  deferred prosecution agreement alleging that upon completion of the probationary term, the matter will be completely dismissed. Does the fact that I have completed treatment, attend meetings regularly, completely stayed out of trouble, done well in school, and done volunteer work have any merit? I have no idea how law school admission people look at this type of thing. I have nothing in my history pertaining to any kind of fraud, violence, or DUI. My main problem was a particular drug. I do not have any desire to misrepresent myself and in a way feel proud of how far I have come from where I was just a few years back. Also, I am sure the BAR in any state can pull all of my information including juvenile charges (have a couple of those as well nothing serious). I guess my questions are, When I say I have not been convicted of a felony (that's all some places ask) am I lying? I don't feel that I am , because the matter was dismissed. I understand that I will still have an arrest record, but typically isn't there a huge difference between charged and convicted even in they eyes of law school admission people? Could the fact that I have overcome the problem actually help me in any way or will it be a detriment in the majority of cases? Or will it not matter so much since it was 3 years ago now and will have been 4-5 years ago by the time I apply to law school? I will not give up, I just am extremely worried about this and was hoping someone could help me put this matter to rest.

Pages: [1]