Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / Re: Should I mention Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder on my PS?« on: October 23, 2005, 08:23:38 PM »
Well, I was looking through the bar exam application, and you have to specifically fill out a form authorizing your law school to release your information in the purpose of evaluating your character. So it's not like there are organizations that can just swarm in and get your info willy nilly, you have to give express authorization.
I imagine they could be forced by a court to divulge the information, but they would have to have a good reason - and at that point there's nothing to say they couldn't go after your medical records as well. I would think this through (and perhaps check with the law schools), but I really think this is kept extremely private.
No but the Bar can... and thats the only real issue. is how is it viewed by the bar.. and unfortunately i cant find a 100% answer. I've heard people say its a problem it kept out so and so or I've heard people say its not a problem. I'd warn someone especially this OP to err on the side of caution and keep his illness undisclosed. If he doesnt admit it now -- there is no paper trail and the bar has no right to request dr records.. so he wouldnt have to disclose the OCD later on where it may affect his chances of bar approval. besides as far as the OP is concerned I think its an unwise decision as well given his age etc...