///

(Applications Advice, Letters of Recommendation . . . )
law_School_hopeful
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri May 10, 2013 8:17 am

///

Postby law_School_hopeful » Fri May 17, 2013 9:45 pm

...
Last edited by law_School_hopeful on Wed May 22, 2013 3:28 am, edited 1 time in total.

20141023
Posts: 3072
Joined: Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:17 am

Re: Criminal record questions

Postby 20141023 » Fri May 17, 2013 9:47 pm

.
Last edited by 20141023 on Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:10 am, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
mhd08
Posts: 318
Joined: Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:42 am

Re: Criminal record questions

Postby mhd08 » Fri May 17, 2013 9:51 pm

law_School_hopeful wrote:I want to apply to law school this fall. I am worried that my criminal record will prevent me from being able to do this. My criminal record consists of 3 underage drinking tickets, with one unlawful gathering to go along with those tickets, because people were drinking at my apartment. I also got a traffic ticket for overtaking on double yellow lines. I have a 3.65, and will be taking the lsat in October (I got a 165 on the practice LSAT). Will my criminal record mean that law school is out of the picture for me?



You will probably be fine. I PMed you.

bp shinners
Posts: 3091
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:05 pm

Re: Criminal record questions

Postby bp shinners » Mon May 20, 2013 4:02 pm

One thing to note - law schools are concerned about drinking problems. Having several citations for drinking issues might raise a red flag (MIGHT). If you haven't already as part of the process, I would sign up for some alcohol abuse classes (even if you don't think you have a problem) so when you write an explanatory essay, you can point to something proactive you're doing to ensure it won't happen again. A bad essay for underage drinking tickets is, "I'm now of legal age, so I won't be cited for drinking while under age again."

ShitLawOrBust
Posts: 102
Joined: Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:17 am

Re: Criminal record questions

Postby ShitLawOrBust » Mon May 20, 2013 5:46 pm

I pulled through with way worse than you. PM me if you're interested

User avatar
Dr. Dre
Posts: 2347
Joined: Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:10 pm

Re: Criminal record questions

Postby Dr. Dre » Mon May 20, 2013 6:15 pm

Get above the 75th percentile LSAT score at the school you are interested in.

User avatar
cwid1391
Posts: 475
Joined: Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:41 pm

Re: Criminal record questions

Postby cwid1391 » Mon May 20, 2013 6:19 pm

Highly doubt it will be a big deal, but the fact that it's a repeat offense may be a small red flag. You can use your C&F statement as a positive, though, if you can sincerely talk about how you have grown from it.
Last edited by cwid1391 on Mon May 20, 2013 6:21 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
Dr. Dre
Posts: 2347
Joined: Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:10 pm

Re: Criminal record questions

Postby Dr. Dre » Mon May 20, 2013 6:21 pm

i don't think OP needs to address it in his PS

just addendum

User avatar
cwid1391
Posts: 475
Joined: Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:41 pm

Re: Criminal record questions

Postby cwid1391 » Mon May 20, 2013 6:21 pm

Dr. Dre wrote:i don't think OP needs to address it in his PS

just addendum


Yeah, meant C&F statement.

chugachjed
Posts: 20
Joined: Fri May 17, 2013 1:40 am

Re: Criminal record questions

Postby chugachjed » Tue May 21, 2013 11:52 pm

This is a nagging question for me. It has been more than 10 years since I've had any convictions, arrests, or infractions more serious than a moving violation. I was a complete hooligan (misdemeanor status not felony status) as a youth and I am afraid I will accidentally leave out an arrest when applying, that almost kept me out of Canada before.

User avatar
Dr. Dre
Posts: 2347
Joined: Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:10 pm

Re: Criminal record questions

Postby Dr. Dre » Tue May 21, 2013 11:54 pm

chugachjed wrote:This is a nagging question for me. It has been more than 10 years since I've had any convictions, arrests, or infractions more serious than a moving violation. I was a complete hooligan (misdemeanor status not felony status) as a youth and I am afraid I will accidentally leave out an arrest when applying, that almost kept me out of Canada before.


adcoms won't care. Provided, you are above both the schools medians or even better—above the 75th percentile.

bp shinners
Posts: 3091
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:05 pm

Re: Criminal record questions

Postby bp shinners » Wed May 22, 2013 11:32 am

Dr. Dre wrote:
chugachjed wrote:This is a nagging question for me. It has been more than 10 years since I've had any convictions, arrests, or infractions more serious than a moving violation. I was a complete hooligan (misdemeanor status not felony status) as a youth and I am afraid I will accidentally leave out an arrest when applying, that almost kept me out of Canada before.


adcoms won't care. Provided, you are above both the schools medians or even better—above the 75th percentile.


They will care if he leaves one out.

muskies970
Posts: 340
Joined: Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:28 pm

Re: Criminal record questions

Postby muskies970 » Wed May 22, 2013 2:22 pm

chugachjed wrote:This is a nagging question for me. It has been more than 10 years since I've had any convictions, arrests, or infractions more serious than a moving violation. I was a complete hooligan (misdemeanor status not felony status) as a youth and I am afraid I will accidentally leave out an arrest when applying, that almost kept me out of Canada before.


isn't there a database with your record somewhere?




Return to “Law School Admissions Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: AFtoLawschool, Bing [Bot], perfunctory, Rogah and 3 guests