« on: February 17, 2007, 11:30:21 AM »
I also have some issues (four to be exact) that I was unsure whether or not I needed to address. Instead of just speculating, I went to one of the judges who sits on the Character and Fitness committee of the bar in my state and asked. He told me that they do a very thorough check into each application and that if facts have been omitted, or if facts in the law school application do not match facts in the bar application red flags begin flying. He said that dishonesty will get you denied for the bar quicker than any little infraction. Schools just want to make sure that you have learned from you mistakes and will be able to sit for the bar (e.g. no murder comvictions, etc..). If you assure them you have learned from your mistakes (which you should have no problem doing), then you will be fine.
In case you wondered, I ended up disclosing EVERYTHING on my applications. So far I have received two handwritten notes with my acceptance letters commending me on my honesty and a couple of phone calls. The only damage I think my disclosure did was get me waitlisted at one school that I'm pretty sure I could have gotten in. That loss, in my opinion, is not even comparable to the possibility of a denial to sit for the bar due to some "lack of honesty". The best advice I can give you is to disclose everything and don't look back. Don't let some silly little mistakes turn into something bigger than they are. If I, someone with relatively serious arrests, can still get into the schools I want, you certainly have nothing to worry about.