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Law School Admissions / Re: Arrests Addendum
« on: February 25, 2014, 02:13:16 PM »
1) I would give a little more details on the charges. The city/state. Amount of substances, BAC levels, etc. Any bit of information that would be on a one sheet is important for the ad comms to know. This also includes if you plead guilty, if this was a felony, etc. You can't give too much info.

2) Take out self-depricating lines. You can say something was misguided, ok, but saying that you did some idiotic makes you sound immature not only back then, but now as well.

3) On the flip side, you ended this very well. Taking responsibility is far stronger than feeling sorry for yourself. And you communicate this sentiment beautifully.

4) I'd like to see how you have turned these things into positives. This will showcase to the adcomms that, not only are you mature enough to take ownership of your actions, but can learn from them. This may be subtle and may only require a sentence or two to achieve, but will make this part of your application shine. Instead of docking your application, this could potentially be another source of experience and perspective that other candidates may not have. So... find the positive.

Good luck!

As for pleading guilty and felony info, i thought stating that the cases resulted in dismissals is pretty implicit. If they're dismissed, then no conviction or crime. Same with the DUI, if it's reduced to a traffic violation, then there's no crime etc. I will look into the self-deprecation, i just figured showing that they were flat out dumb decisions was taking supreme ownership.

I really appreciate the insight!

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Law School Admissions / Arrests Addendum
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:46:15 PM »
Hey, guys. Please feel free to correct and critique where you see fit. I'm already treading on thin ice, so i would like to make it as presentable as possible. Thank you!

Addendum: Character and Fitness

On August 10, 2001, I was arrested for shop lifting at a NYC department store. I was charged with petit larceny and received an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACD) with the condition of staying out of trouble for 6 months. The case was dismissed and sealed as of 2/08/2002.

On November 20, 2003, I was arrested for jumping the turnstile at a NYC train station. I received a desk appearance ticket (DAT) and an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACD) with the condition of staying out of trouble for 6 months. The case was dismissed and sealed as of 6/16/2004.

On October 29, 2005, I was arrested for possession of marijuana. I was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and received an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACD) with the condition of staying out of trouble for 6 months. The case was dismissed and sealed as of 7/01/2006.

On August 13, 2012, I was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. I was charged with reckless driving and driving while intoxicated, but the charges were reduced to a vehicle and traffic law violation driving while impaired. My license was suspended for 90 days; I was ordered to pay a $500 fine and had to complete a Drinking Driving Program. I fulfilled all the requirements and the case is now closed.

It is difficult to sit here today and ask not to be judged for my past indiscretions, especially when I have an offense dating back as recent as 2012, but I earnestly believe that they do not define me. Throughout my youth I made some misguided and idiotic decisions. Since then, I have made great strides in my maturation process, from 2006 until present. While the DUI in 2012 was an egregious error in judgment, it was a temporary deviation from the positive direction I had been trending, and does not accurately represent the person I am today. I take complete ownership of each transgression and continue to barter my yesterdays for my tomorrows.

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