A'nold wrote:Flame....although I don't know what the point was. Nobody would drop out if they were in the top 5% of their class at a t14 just b/c they are having difficulty finding 1L employment, unless they are totally clueless or just looking for a reason to leave law school and a law career in general.
Not a flame. Just shaken up in the aftermath of having an interviewer's tone seem to totally change when that came up. I mean, I'm the same person I was two seconds before, but it sure didn't feel like it.
Not that it makes a difference, but the crazy thing is I was just having a laid-back night at a family member's house that I hadn't seen in a while. I know it's out there that if someone gets a DUI, it's just the one time they got caught out of probably hundreds. For me, the reason I probably was speeding was because I didn't ever drink and drive and clearly was impaired without even thinking about it. Everyone I talked to afterward was like, "You were speeding?! Everyone knows that the cardinal rule of drunk driving is, 'don't speed!!'"
In other words, if it's just an automatic disqualifier to an employer to have a criminal record, that's one thing. If it's because it serves as a proxy for someone's character, discipline, maturity, etc., that just sucks because it was completely, completely not who I am. But how can you convince someone of that, you know?
But, yeah, the overall point stands. I guess I have to man up and just go forward and deal with it. I just don't know how up front to be about it now. Everything I apply for I'm going to be wondering if it's pointless because you can't have a record, especially such a recent record.