Misdemeanor on Record: Can I still get into Law School?

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reba90
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Misdemeanor on Record: Can I still get into Law School?

Postby reba90 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:32 pm

This summer I was charged with criminal trespassing and public intox (long story short, I drank way too much and passed out on the couch in my old apartment: very dumb, I know). The public intox charge was dismissed, but I pleaded guilty to Criminal Tresspassing (a 4th-degree misdemeanor). I was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation, after which I can have it expunged from my record.

I have no previous run-ins with the law, and the incident was truly out of character. However, I am left to wonder: did I ruin my chances at getting into Law School? Particularly those in the top-100? I will be applying to schools this winter.

Any insight would be much appreciated

-Thank you

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TopHatToad
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Re: Misdemeanor on Record: Can I still get into Law School?

Postby TopHatToad » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:49 pm

Despite how recent your charges were, it should be fine. Be completely upfront about it on your applications, accept full responsibility (that is, don't blame it on bad luck or circumstances), and try to demonstrate remorse and general transformation since. If the sincerity is apparent, it should affect your applications very little to not at all.


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Re: Misdemeanor on Record: Can I still get into Law School?

Postby Amoore114133 » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:19 pm

misdemeanors don't matter, but be sure to write a good C & F and try to get off probation as soon as possible if you even are on probation.


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Re: Misdemeanor on Record: Can I still get into Law School?

Postby buckilaw » Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:09 am

You should be ok so long as you disclose it, this is probably addendum worthy. It might also be worth looking into the character and fitness process in the states you think you may practice in.

But be prepared to settle for Tulane.

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Re: Misdemeanor on Record: Can I still get into Law School?

Postby 1776 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:13 pm

reba90 wrote:This summer I was charged with criminal trespassing and public intox (long story short, I drank way too much and passed out on the couch in my old apartment: very dumb, I know). The public intox charge was dismissed, but I pleaded guilty to Criminal Tresspassing (a 4th-degree misdemeanor). I was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation, after which I can have it expunged from my record.

I have no previous run-ins with the law, and the incident was truly out of character. However, I am left to wonder: did I ruin my chances at getting into Law School? Particularly those in the top-100? I will be applying to schools this winter.

Any insight would be much appreciated

-Thank you


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