« on: September 06, 2010, 10:36:39 AM »
While I do not have experience in law school admissions, but in the government contracts that I have worked on all make a point of looking into military experience as part of the background checks (I am former enlisted USMC). Although my discharge was honorable, I have had more then a few co-workers who have reported having general discharges. It seems that very few people seem to get worked up on background checks until the discharge is specifically dishonorable.
As such I would anticipate that this bump in the road should not become an insurmountable obstacle in getting into a law school or passing scrutiny under Character and Fitness. I suspect that you will be asked about it during the application process, and if you are simply tell them the situation that you are dealing with, it is unlikely that you were actually convicted of anything or your discharge would be dishonorable, and it is so very easy for the military to get convections, so it is seems that whatever the allege against you was not well supported. The key is to avoid coming off as you are attempting to hide this information, if is asked about on an application, provide the requested information. If you are asked a follow up question, respond clearly and succinctly, do what you can to clearly answer questions without going into information that you have not been asked about. In many background type questioning, the big item that they are looking for is something in your past that you are embarrassed / bothered enough about that you would do stupid things in attempt to hide.