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Okay, first let me start by saying that a lot of lawyers that are paralegals are so for two reasons:

1.  They didn't do clinicals while in school and/or didn't apply themselves enough while doing the clinicals.

2.  They took their bar exam late and need work until they find out if they in fact passed the bar.  I worked in a law firm where most of our paralegals were graduates but didn't pass or take the bar exam yet.  The moment they passed they were given the normal attorney case load.  Or in some cases choose to do paralegal work until they were comfortable with practicing law.  I have seen first hand that what is taught in school is not necessarily applied in the practice of law.

Hope this makes you feel better.  If not anything else it tells you to take the bar asap after graduation and do well at your clinicals.  Different firms do talk and what you do at or for one firm will be mentioned to other firms.  Good luck.

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Law School Applications / Re: charged with crime
« on: July 07, 2003, 10:37:40 AM »
I only can say honesty is your best answer to all questions on your application.  If you weren't convicted then you have nothing to worry about because unless I'm mistaken it only asks for you to describe crimes in which you were convicted of not arrested for.  Again, check with the individual schools for more accurate info and also how old were you?  If you were a minor than it shouldn't matter because it should be sealed and you should look into making sure that it is.  It's not an automatic process it requires you to tell the courts to seal your juvenile records.  And some applications ask for the past ten years only.  Good luck and keep us informed.

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Law School Applications / Re: charged with crime
« on: June 25, 2003, 06:39:06 AM »
Honestly, I wouldn't put that in my personal statement.  All applications ask for you to indicate whether you were charged with a crime or not and they leave room for explaining and also tell you to use a seperate piece of paper if necessary.  I personally don't see a need for it to go on your personal statement.  Just my opinion.  

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Law School Applications / Re: charged with crime
« on: March 27, 2003, 05:43:07 AM »
You are absolutely right, that they do look at the whole picture but if you start off by lying than the other part of the picture wouldn't mean a damn thing.  They are basically looking to verify all information that you provided on your resume' and application.  So as long as you're truthful about yours than you are fine.  Don't worry!!! ;)

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Law School Applications / Re: charged with crime
« on: March 27, 2003, 02:18:29 AM »
My job is with a port authority and after 9/11 you know everything changed.  I disclosed my brief incounter with the law and went to the court and got documents that my case was infact dismissed.  And was told by human resources that if I hadn't disclosed that and be upfront and honest I would have not gotten this job.  Also, after about a month or less of working here I received a call from an airline employee looking for info on how to appeal a decision about firing her.  Basically she wanted info on how to sue us..(like we would give it) but after directing it to the appropriate Attorney I found out that she lied about a conviction that was a misdeamnor and that's why she's gone.  So every little thing counts nowadays.  If anything it's easier to tell the truth than to sit and wonder if you were found out and being a liar never flies at least not in my field.  Did you get any answers from bar associations about your situation?  I believe that you will be fine based on your honesty.  Keep me posted.

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Law School Applications / Re: charged with crime
« on: March 25, 2003, 06:31:02 AM »
That's excellent!  Be positive....  Honesty is always the best choice look at how my honesty landed me this government job with excellent benefits and a tuition reimbursement and remission program, I am going to law school for free.  Good luck!!!

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Law School Applications / Re: charged with crime
« on: March 24, 2003, 02:15:15 AM »
That's good that you got that far.  I would honestly think that you are all set and wouldn't need to tell law schools anything.  You probably won't get this message until after court but good luck.  Think positive.  You'll be fine.... ;D ;)

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Law School Applications / Re: charged with crime
« on: March 07, 2003, 08:54:47 AM »
Okay.  Let me first start by telling you that you need to find out if you were convicted of the crime or if it was dismissed after the fine was paid.  I was arrested in 1998 for a bad check (25.00) long story, but I had to pay it and then it was dismissed and it showed on my record as dismissed.  I recently got a government job and I was cleared based on my truthfulness and the fact it did say dismissed.  Also, you need to contact the individual schools and ask them for a definition of what they consider to be a misdeamenor that would prevent you from being admitted to the bar.  Or better yet call the bar association(s) for the states you plan to practice in.  One of my friends was in your same situation in 1994 and it still remains on her record and she has a masters in Sociology but can't use it because of the conviction.  Getting it cleared doesn't happen overnight.  She had to have Senators and Mayors write letters on her behalf and 3 years later she still has that on her record.  Good luck.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: February Score Results
« on: March 05, 2003, 02:05:50 AM »
Honestly, I never did look at it that way.  You are absolutely right and the long drive will take a toll on your car and yourself.  I couldn't even imagine being motivated enough to drive for that long.  It appears you have put a lot of thought into this and from the sound of it you'll be doing just fine.  I get 5000 from my job a year for law school and if I could find one that was a state school (which I don't believe there are any) I would be going for free.  I am still looking for state school believe me when I tell you.  Good luck and I'm sure you'll going to do absolutely superb. 8) ;) :D  

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: February Score Results
« on: March 04, 2003, 09:32:41 AM »
Oh wait I just read this again...You're in a non-aba law school now?  If so that's great, I honestly believe the more info the better.  I worked with an attorney before that graduated from a non-aba school and from what he tells me is that you are basically confided to an area where you can practice.  And if I am not mistaken after a few years you can take the bar to practice in other states as well.   Good for you!!! :D ;)

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