I applied to law school with a criminal record. When I was in highschool, my friends and I got caught shoplifting at a local mall and I aquired a juvenile record. I too thought this would effect my chances of admission because law schools want u to disclose everything (including juvenile records that have been sealed or expunged). However, I do not think that it effected me at all, as I was accepted to several great tier-one schools. The key is, however, I stressed that it was a highschool prank and that since then I have acted with the utmost moral character, and that my proffessors in college and my bosses from my jobs can atest to that. Thus, I think that you may not be screwed as far as law school is concerned, but I think i would wait a little while and work for a few years and build up your character references a bit. If you get a stellar recommendation from an employer that you may work for the next two or three years who can atest that you have acted in a professional, moral character that may help. The problem you have now is the experience didn't happen long enough for you to say that you have changed and would never do anything like that again. This is sort of similar to having bad credit; if you default on a loan, the blemishes are erased from your credit report after seven years and you are given a new start. Although your record will not be erased, I think that you need to also give yourself some time before applying to law school and build a good repoir with a boss or collegue and law schools may be willing to overlook a past mistake provided you have shown that you are a changed person.