my prelaw advisor. she use to work at fordham law admissions. I wouldn't include the last paragraph either. EVERYONE types that stuff. Adcomms knows ur gonna say it. just give the facts.
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I just typed up my criminal addendum. I think it's fine. I tried to stick to the facts. Let me know what you guys think.
Criminal History Addendum
On March 24, 2000, at the age of 17, I was arrested, along with 22 other high school students, by the ___ Police Department (state name) and charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol. I appeared in ____ District Court the following week (3/28/04), and I was not convicted. I was placed on pretrial probation and informed that I was to enroll in the “Youthful Offender Substance Abuse Program”. Six months later, my probation was terminated and I was discharged by the Probation Department.
On March 15, 2002, at the age of 19, I was charged by the ___ Police Department with threatening to commit a crime (date of offense: 1/14/02). I made my appearance in ___ District Court on April 19, 2002, and I was not convicted. I was informed that I was to stay away from the complainant, and I was placed on pretrial probation. One year later, my probation was terminated and I was discharged by the Probation Department.
I am 22 years old now and I will be 23 by the time I enroll in law school. My first charge was nearly five years ago and my second charge was nearly 3 years ago. Also, I was not convicted of either of these misdemeanors. I feel that I have put these transgressions in my past and also that I have learned from them and matured since these incidents.
It is fair. Schools have to differntiate between how difficult classes are, how difficult schools are, etc....without the LSAT it would be much more difficult to evaluate how well a person is suited for law school. In addition schools have found a strong correlation between LSAT scores and 1L grades so it is a good predictor of success in law school. I understand where you are coming from and expected to do better myself but schools need to weight the LSAt heavily.