mistergoft wrote:Oh my lord. Any traffic citation that counts as a misdemeanor rather than an infraction is considered a crime in the general sense and should be disclosed. Virginia, while having insufferable traffic laws, is not the only state where going over a certain speed is considered "reckless driving" and you should be weary that most if not all state bar character and fitness sections qualify that an individual can be denied admission from the bar for lying on a law school application. I wouldn't want to waste money investing in law school only to find out that I could be denied admission over a technicality, especially over something so trivial as speeding...
Man, it's a lot harder to get denied admission to the bar than some people on here let on. The notion that a review board can shaft you at the end of 3 years and 100k+ dollars is scary, so I am not surprised that there is a lot of concern over it. But, really, if you all actually go look at the types of cases where people are actually denied your going to find out that something trivial is not going to keep you out. Speeding tickets, dorm room alcohol violations, etc, this is a big stress pot that has little tangible value to you or the C&F committee.
When determining the consequences of any admissions, they always consider the materiality and relevance of the admission. A speeding ticket four years ago, or a bud light stuffed under the bed in your dorm room likely isn't going to sway their opinion. The big concern here is that you aren't going to lie to your clients or cheat them out of money or assets. If something you have done makes that a question, then I would worry, and definitely list it. Apart from that, let's not get carried away.
I'm not advocating that you just pick and choose what you feel like you should list based on what you feel is "material" but if there is some guesswork involved and you decide not to disclose I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.