C&F Differences between law school app and NY Bar Form

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SopranoSaxophone
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C&F Differences between law school app and NY Bar Form

Postby SopranoSaxophone » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:08 pm

Hi all,

I'm a 0L with very little knowledge of how hair-splitting bar C&F issues can be, and I'd appreciate some advice. I have a speeding ticket from a few years back. When applying to law school, several of the law school applications asked to disclose any charges "Excluding minor traffic violations." I assumed my speeding ticket was a minor traffic violation and did not disclose it when that language was a part of the law school application.

I understand that the NY bar will ask me to disclose this speeding ticket. I have no issue with that. However, when they review my disclosures vs. my law school application disclosures and do not see that ticket disclosed, will this be an issue? I've gotten some conflicting advice recently that has stated that NY Bar C&F investigators will not care that your law school app said to "exclude minor traffic violations" and will have expected you to disclose it anyway.

Can this possibly be true? Wouldn't they look at the language of the law school applications C&F questions and see the rationale for the ticket nondisclosure was because the app said to not disclose it? Thanks for any and all insight, and please feel free to direct me to threads where this specific issue has been discussed.

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Re: C&F Differences between law school app and NY Bar Form

Postby ndbigdave » Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:00 pm

SopranoSaxophone wrote:Hi all,

I'm a 0L with very little knowledge of how hair-splitting bar C&F issues can be, and I'd appreciate some advice. I have a speeding ticket from a few years back. When applying to law school, several of the law school applications asked to disclose any charges "Excluding minor traffic violations." I assumed my speeding ticket was a minor traffic violation and did not disclose it when that language was a part of the law school application.

I understand that the NY bar will ask me to disclose this speeding ticket. I have no issue with that. However, when they review my disclosures vs. my law school application disclosures and do not see that ticket disclosed, will this be an issue? I've gotten some conflicting advice recently that has stated that NY Bar C&F investigators will not care that your law school app said to "exclude minor traffic violations" and will have expected you to disclose it anyway.

Can this possibly be true? Wouldn't they look at the language of the law school applications C&F questions and see the rationale for the ticket nondisclosure was because the app said to not disclose it? Thanks for any and all insight, and please feel free to direct me to threads where this specific issue has been discussed.


I suppose I can guarantee that you wont have to explain yourself via a supplement, but the odds that this will ba a major issue is non-existant.

I know it is easy to over analyze, over think and and generally be negative, but the best thing you can do is disclose to the bar and supplement with an explanation as to why the ticket was not disclosed on your application.

You will be fine. Just breathe.




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