Hello this is my first post. I was just wondering about something that I read in a princeton review admissions help guide book. In the book it states that someone who has had a criminal record should bring it to the attention of the school that they are applying to because having one could affect the decision of the law school that they are applying to. If they are to have already been admitted or have graduated from law school, then the governing board for the bar might not let them practice law. So, my question is this, I had a record when i was a minor, this was when I was 15, and it was for petty theft. I went to a program that made minors who had been arrested for criminal acts, and after completing it, they said that my records would be sealed. Would I have to say that I've had a criminal record before, even though my records have been sealed for 8 years now? or do I not have to stat anything. Also, is there any way that the governing board for the bar would dig these records up? or do they not have access to them, because they were sealed. Any comments would help out a lot. Thanks.
Regardless of whether it was sealed, you must report it. Most applications now state that you must report anything regardless of whether or not your believe the record was expunged or sealed.
You are not going to be precluded from law school because of indiscretions as a 15 year old. You will be precluded from practicing law if you fail to disclose information that is discovered later.
I can't speak for other states, but in Indiana, you are required to submit a fingerprint card, with your bar application, for a criminal records check. While a juvenile arrest would not appear there, anything else would. Failing to disclose any type of record generally can get you kicked out of law school (if you're accepted) and prevent you from being accepted to the bar.