I'm applying to law school in the fall, I have a 3.47 from University of Illinois and I'm still waiting on the June LSAT results. I'm worried because of my recent criminal record: a possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) charge in MI in June 2007 and a MIP in 2007. I pleaded guilty in both cases The first one was while in high school, but the second on is obviously more recent.
Only advice I would give, on top of what has already been given in this thread, is to get your record expunged. If the convictions occurred in Illinois, it is a very fairly simple process. Good luck.
Quote from: DontQuestionMe on June 27, 2008, 11:20:29 PMOnly advice I would give, on top of what has already been given in this thread, is to get your record expunged. If the convictions occurred in Illinois, it is a very fairly simple process. Good luck. Record expungement doesn't matter for the Board of Bar Examiners. You still have to tell them about it. Honestly, since these were so recent, you may have some trouble. Some schools won't touch you. Its really the pot charge that is the hang up. The MIP isn't a big deal at all. You do know that you also may be inelligible for government loans because of the pot charge right? Some State Bars may not certify you either. (i.e. Florida)
You need to do some community work. Maybe tell kids about the dangers of drug use.
I'm being perfectly serious here. This is much more different than if you would have had these charges at 16. I recommend calling the State Board of Bar examiners in the jurisdiction in which you want to ultimately practice and see what they think off the top of their head.