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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / misdemeanor question
« on: January 27, 2012, 04:57:54 AM »
Hello all,

This question closely resembles a previous thread:

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/index.php?topic=4020411.0

Now, what would the response be if the Class A misdemeanor occurred in a different state than one's home state and place of study/practice?  For applying purposes, I understand that it is advisable to either mention it or not in the beginning, while applying.  An applicant is, based on the honor system, expected to state it in the beginning of course but in the above thread there was talk about how it is common to hold off until after acceptance, but to definitely bring it up to the dean at that point. 

What if the misdemeanor happened in one state and I go to a school in a different state altogether, where I attend, graduate and eventually pass the bar?  Will the school or the bar come across a conviction (expunged or not) from another state?  Do you advise the same--disclose it anyway, or will the record most likely not show?

Thank you.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: am i screwed?
« on: January 27, 2012, 04:48:26 AM »
I am in the same boat.  I say, screw it all and just prepare as well as you can for the LSAT.  There's no need to think about what percentage of the population you are being compared to.  Just study and take it as if you had a 3.9 GPA.  That is what I intend to do: try.  And if I get a good LSAT score and still don't get in, so be it.  And if I get a bad LSAT score and of course, don't get in, so be it.  But I tried.  It's just 3-5 months of preparation in your life, which should hopefully last 60-80 years.  It's not a long time. 

I kept thinking about it and being a prisoner to my GPA--for years--and seeing my best friends go to law school and being midst their crowd and feeling inferior and longing to be in school and knowing that I have the wits to succeed in it, and knowing that my 2.4 does not reflect my academic ability (and knowing that this is a run-on sentence)...I can't die knowing I just kept thinking about it.  Just buckle down, do the best you can with the LSAT and things will pan out from there.  But are you truly going to lie on your death bed one day and say you never took the LSAT or sought a law career because some person on the internet made it seem like a horrible impossibility?  I think not.

Those are the demonic voices in your head, the same ones that brought you here to ask that.  You don't need anyone's opinions really, although some are definitely helpful.  In the end, just go for it.  Good luck to us :)


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