SopranoSaxophone wrote:But if Duke specifically says they do not need you to disclose "minor traffic violations," why would you disclose minor traffic violations? Their C&F section not a trick question, I assure you! Disclosing something that they told you was not necessary to disclose can be seen as not following directions.
Everything I’ve read and been told says disclose liberally. It’s not just about Duke’s instructions - you have to supply a copy your application to the bar when you apply for membership, and your bar may have different disclosure rules. It’s just easier to lay everything out and no law school is going to hold being overly forthright against you; that’s reading into it way too much.
From what I have read, state bars will not expect you to have disclosed, say, a speeding ticket on your law school app if the school said that it did not need to be disclosed on the app. So long as you follow the rules as outlined in the app, you can disclose the speeding ticket for your bar without running afoul of any lack-of-disclosure consequences. This of course would be different if the app did
request speeding ticket disclosure. I am pro-disclosure when there is any ambiguity, but if an app says "excluding minor traffic violations," I have been led to believe you will be okay if you, well, exclude your minor traffic violations.
If this is not the case: a) It feels like C&F questions with caveat exclusions are written to be traps and b) I have screwed up several of my apps by excluding a minor traffic violation when the prompt said to exclude it.