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Current Law Students / Re: CA Moral Character
« on: September 04, 2010, 06:49:03 PM »
I have to admit that I have not gone through the process that you are going through, but I have a good deal of experience going through investigation for security clearances. In my experience these types of processes where a large number of people are having their backgrounds reviewed, there are some very specific things that they decide to focus on. The information that they request on their forms is geared toward their focus. As such I strongly encourage you to fully answer any questions that they ask, but do not go out of your way to answer any questions that are not asked.

Should, by some long shoot, some information outside of your application peak their interest, they will broach the subject with you and it can be addressed at that time. It would be unreasonable for an agency to penalize you for not providing information which they have not asked for.

Happy Hunting,

Law school is a considerable investment in both time and treasure, and it is good that you are considering this element of the decision.

Given that your children are grown and your spouse is supportive are both very good elements to making the process of going back to school manageable. Are you thinking of FT or PT programs? Do you plan on applying to only schools that are geographically near where you live or are you open to the notion of relocating to pursue a law degree?

I suspect that it is not uncommon for people to change their minds during the course of law school in regards to what elements of the law they wish to focus their efforts on when they become a lawyer. Nonetheless I think that for those of us who are a bit older then the normal potential law student crowd (I am 38) to put some thought into how a JD would become integrated into our lives. In my case. I work in InfoSec, and over the years of working on security projects for large companies and government agencies I have come to believe that their is an open niche for a lawyer with a strong background in InfoSec to help organizations come to grip with their legal and contractual obligations in a manner that can actually be implemented. Perhaps I am wrong about this perceived niche, but it is what spurred this interest in looking into my options.

With this in mind I would suggest that you ask yourself, what do you want to do with your law degree. Try to look around for those working in areas that you find interesting. Use what you find to help gauge the potential payback (measuring both in treasure and in satisfaction).

Happy Hunting,

Law School Admissions / Re: Juvenile Arrest Question
« on: September 03, 2010, 12:20:01 PM »
I understand that the questions are a set up for the bar questions that you will face later. Although I would be very surprised if any significant amount of people are denied bar membership for something related to an arrest which did not lead to a conviction. While I would not be surprised if there were a small number of outliers, as it is a process that involves people and people simply do strange things at times.

Even with this hurdle in the future, I think that a school is on shaky ground asking about arrests. I could see if the question were to be sapped around involvement with arrest that still had not been yet prosecuted or dismissed. Although I imagine that challenging the legal status of the admissions process is not a way to gain a lot of bonus points with a law school that one actually desires to attend.

Law School Admissions / Re: Juvenile Arrest Question
« on: September 03, 2010, 11:09:22 AM »
I think you are on a good path. For the purpose of the applications there is no need to provide answers to questions that they do not ask you. Unless somehow getting a piece of information into their hands will help you.

I seem to recall that employers are prohibited from asking about arrest, but are allowed to ask about convictions. I would be curious to know what the applicable laws/regulations would be towards this matter as it applies to students applying to school.

In my case, I spend a significant amount of time working on projects with/for government agencies and as I understand the federal government has provided themselves wavier against the restrictions on asking about arrests. Fortunately for me, none of my arrest lead to convictions, and the charges range from the mundane to the downright silly. Yet, every time that I move from one agencies project to the next (usually every 6 - 18 months) I get to rehash these fun moments in life. All told, I have found that these matters have not caused me any significant set backs.

Law School Admissions / Re: Juvenile Arrest Question
« on: September 03, 2010, 09:38:47 AM »

Being an older fellow who has been arrested on a few occasions, and many years in industries where I have need to hold security clearances, I would be inclined to answer the arrests question honestly. While the school may or may not be able to find out about the incident through other channels, the single worst event that you can run into here is that you say no, and they discover otherwise.

Happy Hunting,

I am a non-traditional student (old, working a full time job, have a family, and working on a Master's degree) who is considering taking on law school in a few years. I had recently heard that George Mason has changed their 1L schedule from 4 nights a week to 5 nights a week (a negative move IMHO). Is a five day a week PT schedule now a normal occurrence in PT programs?

Any insights that can be provide about the good, bad, and ugly of PT programs schedules and how to cope with them would be appreciated.

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