« on: November 19, 2004, 06:12:54 PM »
You may already know this, but I'm pretty sure you're an auto-admit at Arkansas. If I remember correctly, out-of-state applicants with an index of 205 or above are automatically in. Yours is 207.8.
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I applied to these too. What were your numbers, so I know my competition? I have a 3.2 and 158. Right around the median.
Folks, this is a no-brainer.
#1) ABSOLUTELY disclose this to every scool IMMEDIATELY. You may find a jurisdiction that will overlook the fact that you hid this information, but it won't be in the U.S. Send them a three-sentence addendum which states, 1) I was arrested for DWI, 2) it was on this date at this location, and 3) I have never been arrested for, or convicted of, any other crime.
#2) Nearly all lawyers are drunks, and many, if not most, have gotten into trouble over it. (If you doubt this, ask any lawyer- it's not an exaggeration). Believe me, disclosing the DUI isn't going get your app thrown directly into the bin. NOT disclosing it could cost you for life, and will almost certainly cost you time and money a few years from now.
DON'T START A LEGAL CAREER BY ACTING LIKE AN UNSCRUPULOUS LAWYER!
This guy is a fool. Read the apps, and only disclose anything if they asked for it orginally. Even this is complying with the spirit of the rule more than the letter, since a lot of apps do not say that you have to tell them if something happens to you after you submit the app. You only certify that the info is correct when you send in the app. Also, it is not too late to send out a few more apps to schools that do not ask about arrests. I agree that you should drag it out until you are accepted or rejected everywhere; if you are convicted before you get a decision, you probably will have to send an addendum. Once you are in law school you are fine. No one is going to ask about convictions after you are in LS, except for bar examiners, and in which case you will just tell them and it will be fine since it was 3 years ago and you have kept your nose clean since then.
I thought that you could read your way into the law in some states. Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought that in California you can become a lawyer if you pass the bar (no law school required). Or maybe that was Nevada. Or maybe I'm full of it. Anybody know?