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Disclosing criminal history...

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 11:47 am
by Mark Aldridge
Hi everyone. I am planning on applying to law school this fall, and I have a couple of questions about having to tell the admissions office about everything that's happened in my past.

I was involved in vandalizing my school when I was a teenager. Among other things, we spray painted the building and broke a lot of windows. It was stupid and I should never have done it. The thing is, I was never actually charged with any crime. Some of the students were, but I wasn't (I can guess the reason why, which is a story of its own). They were actually charged with felonies at first, which were reduced to misdemeanors later.

I think there is a personal file on me at the school though that's likely recorded my involvement in this incident. Do you think I would have to disclose this?? Is this going to prevent me from getting into law school?? If I didn't disclose it, any way for a law school to find out??

Re: Disclosing criminal history...

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 11:58 am
by sublime
Were you arrested?

Re: Disclosing criminal history...

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 12:05 pm
by Mark Aldridge
I was never arrested. Several of my classmates involved were though. We weren't caught at the time, only after the fact. They were arrested at school. I say in the principal's office for a day and explained (lied) that I had little to do with it and that I was only a witness. The principal suspected I was lying, but couldn't prove it. I also had a teacher vouch for my character.

Re: Disclosing criminal history...

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 12:14 pm
by sublime
It's going to depend what they ask but most apps just ask if you have been convicted or plead guilty (or some times no contest) or at most if you were arrested. If the answer is no, then that's the answer.

Re: Disclosing criminal history...

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:02 pm
by cavalier1138
Just a slight addendum:

If you're using your real name for your account here, you may want to delete these posts. Ad comms are known to come through these forums, and I'm pretty sure they'd be able to figure out who you were from this. The whole "I lied about it to avoid getting arrested," thing might not be the best thing to confess when you're attaching your name to it.

Re: Disclosing criminal history...

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:10 pm
by sublime
cavalier1138 wrote:Just a slight addendum:

If you're using your real name for your account here, you may want to delete these posts. Ad comms are known to come through these forums, and I'm pretty sure they'd be able to figure out who you were from this. The whole "I lied about it to avoid getting arrested," thing might not be the best thing to confess when you're attaching your name to it.



Yea, you can pm me to change your username, OP.