Throwaway23245 wrote:(Sorry for throwaway account)
Without providing too much detail, this is my situation: when I was 18 (ten years ago) my friend got in a verbal fight with someone at a party so we were kicked out. He decided to steal the kids laptop and iphone to get back at him (which he mistakenly damaged in the process) and because we left and he stayed at my house that night, I was also arrested and charged with 6 felony counts (2x burglary, 2x grand larceny, 2x felony vandalism). The charges were ultimately reduced to one count of misdemeanor vandalism only to which I pled no contest, and everything was dismissed after 60 days pretrial probation.
To be sure, I am not here to ask if I should disclose or if I will be admitted to the bar. I have already worked with an attorney and spoken to my state's bar. I will be disclosing on apps. My question is: will T6 schools give my application serious consideration or will they just reject me automatically, but claim it was for other reasons?
Thanks so much for any information!
I doubt many schools are going to ding you for a ten year old misdemeanor, but it's impossible to say for sure and frankly there's no use losing sleep over it at this point. All you can do is be forthright. Write an addendum taking responsibility for your part in it and talk about how you learned from it etc. and I think you'll do fine. That said: take no risks with applications. Plaster the top 20 or so schools.
will T6 schools give my application serious consideration or will they just reject me automatically, but claim it was for other reasons
If you don't get into a T6 school with 4.0/177...this would have to be the reason. Schools don't typically tell you why you weren't admitted though, so they won't "claim" anything. As I said, I'd be pretty shocked if this happened to you but someone with 4.0/177 should be almost guaranteed admission to Harvard and should expect significant scholarship money from CCN.