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Criminal Addendums

Criminal Addendums
« on: August 23, 2004, 02:42:07 PM »
I see no reason to ramble on about how I once was a @#!*-up, so here's mine:

In June of 1998, at the age of 16, I was convicted of a “minor in possession of alcohol” charge. 

Should my conviction be in quotation marks?  Comments, critique?

nathanielmark

Re: Criminal Addendums
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2004, 03:36:17 PM »
bleh. most schools dont even ask about juvenile matters.  if you need to dislcose it you should state the sentence also

Dewitt

Re: Criminal Addendums
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2004, 04:32:26 PM »
couldn't you get something like that expunged?

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Re: Criminal Addendums
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2004, 06:25:02 PM »
Yep, just make sure your law school application agrees with what the ABA will find when they investigate you.  And yes they can find out your record even if it's expunged.

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Re: Criminal Addendums
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2004, 07:18:38 PM »
Have you read the Montauk book?  He has an example of a criminal addendum where they guy says he has contacted the bar assn of the state he wishes to practice in and they have assured him there is a good chance of admission, etc.  Maybe it would be good to do something like that, just so they know you take it seriously.

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Re: Criminal Addendums
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2004, 07:24:04 PM »
I have a minor transporting arrest from when I was 17 (not a juvenile).  I also have a threatening to commit a crime (beat up my little sister's boyfriend).  My pre-law advisor (a lawyer) has assured me that neither of these is a big deal.  She also has informed me that she was arrested 5 times before law school and had no trouble getting into law school.  I'm pretty sure she had no problem getting her license to practice as well.