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Acceptances / Re: Univ. of Texas - HOLD notification
« on: November 19, 2004, 05:05:43 PM »
For what it's worth, I have and LSAT below 160 and a GPA below 3.0 and I have been "held". (I don't get it either...) I'm a TX resident and a white guy.

I think this makes me the official biggest loser on the "hold" list. Going once...

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Law School Applications / Re: Arrested
« on: November 19, 2004, 03:51:49 PM »
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.


Yes, read the apps. And if you find one that doesn't want to know about your DUI, throw it away. You don't want to go there.

This has nothing to do with law school and everything to do with admission to your state's bar.

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Law School Applications / Re: Learning law by reading books?
« on: November 19, 2004, 08:55:40 AM »
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?

This explains it:

http://www.lawschool.com/skip.htm

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Law School Applications / Re: Learning law by reading books?
« on: November 18, 2004, 09:46:09 PM »
Yes- you can learn the law by reading the books. My understanding is that this is the great secret of law school; Profs really don't tell you anything of practical value. You teach yourself the law.

No- you can't advise people about their legal rights if you're not a lawyer. Paralegals get into trouble for this all the time. They actually can be sued for legal malpractice.

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Law School Applications / Re: Arrested
« on: November 18, 2004, 09:07:20 PM »
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!

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Law School Applications / Re: What's going on with U of T?
« on: November 16, 2004, 09:20:45 PM »
I wouldn't be so quick to jump on UT about that second email. It really sounds like they may have a hacker on their hands. Consider the brief and simple form of the email; a program could easily have been made to grab the senders name and the subject line and send it back to you in that form just for s**ts and giggles. I'd wager on it.

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