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character and fitness
« on: January 27, 2004, 07:19:52 PM »
I didn't find anything about past convictions/guilty pleas/criminal
offenses etc in the archives. I am currently applying to law schools
and in the character and fitness sections, some ask if you have been
involved in the aforementioned.

My question is then: how does this affect your chances of being
admitted to law school? When I just turned 18, I was caught
attempting to take objects from a store worth less than 30 dollars
without paying for them. I plead guilty and was fined $200.00. The
case was taken under advisement and later dismissed after I was not
charged with any other offenses within six months. How will this
affect my chances of getting into a law school? Though I have been
adding this information to my law school apps thus far, does anyone
suggest omitting it since I was never convicted nor formally
arrested? As I said though, I did plead guilty...

Lastly, may I ask who the owner of this yahoo group is and who are
those who respond? Have most of you gotten into law school or are
you in my situation, currently applying to law schools?

Thanks in advance...


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Re: character and fitness
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2004, 01:15:48 AM »
If you did plead guilty, then if follows that you were convicted.....
To answer your question as to whether this should be added to or ommitted from your application, I would say keep it in.  Honesty is the best policy.  Some would argue that it might affect your admission chances, though most would disagree.
If you exclude the information it is likely that the law school might never know, but if they did find out, you could be kicked out.  The biggest problem, however, would occur after law school when you apply to sit for the bar exam.  The state bar will go over your record with fine tooth comb running a "character and fitness" test to practice law in said state. Although they would overlook your past crime, they would not overlook the fact that you lied about it on your law school application.

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Re: character and fitness
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2004, 01:24:29 AM »
This web site is divided between law grads, law students and pre-law students.  Within the pre-law sphere, there are those who have applied and been accpeted, those who have applied and haven't heard back, and those who are thinking of applying in the future. 
The administrator of the site (Andrew) is a 3L at Boston University, I think.

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Re: character and fitness
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2004, 02:53:04 AM »
You are correct about Andrew being the moderator and if you want to know more about him he does have a seperate website if you look in his profile you may find out the information about that...

AS for the other question, there is no question about it!

If you plan on attending law school, or more importantly sitting down for the MBE (Multi-State Bar Examination) aka the BAR then you must practice in effect disclosure!

If you left it out then you may be subject to denial of admittance upwads to revocation of your law degree, (I have heard of this occuring) or even after your JD and you are working your Boss comes up to you and says after a careful backround check you're FIRED! Trust me you were good in keeping that part in.

Therefore a simple axim for your dilema

if in doubt don't leave it out! Trust me the penalty for not disclosing (even if you didn't need to) is far worse then leaving it 'cause you're not sure (PLUS you were CONVICTED ... leave it in).
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Re: character and fitness
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2004, 04:03:06 PM »
YOU MUST NOT OMIT THAT INFORMATION!!!   :o

YOU SHOULD STILL HAVE A FAIR CHANCE AT BEING ACCEPTED, BUT IF YOU DO NOT MAKE NOTICE OF THE INCIDENT, YOU WILL NEVER BE ADMITTED BECAUSE YOU WILL BE SEEN AS DECEITFUL BY THE  LAW SCHOOL(S) AT WHICH YOU APPLY.

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Re: character and fitness
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2004, 08:09:23 AM »
I split off the rest of this thread because it was no longer topical.  I really want to avoid editing or deleting people's posts, but I also want this board to stay organized.  Click here to go to the new thread, or continue this thread if you have something topical to say (about applying to law school with a criminal conviction).