Explaining Character and Fitness Issues in Law School Applications
It can be intimidating to apply to law school when there are things you need to report in your applications that you’re not particularly proud of. Law schools ask about criminal history and academic dishonesty; being candid in your responses is essential. It’s incredibly common for applicants to stress over something as minor as a “Minor in Possession Charge” (and yes, it is minor in every sense of the word), or a DUI or plagiarism incident. A single incident, explained away by time and maturity and demonstration that it is not indicative of the person you are today, is unlikely to negatively impact an admission decision. But a history of substance abuse, violence or dishonesty – especially if the
incidents are recent or (!!!) ongoing – is going to make it harder to get into law school.
Here’s a little video explanation:
Ann Levine is the author of the best selling law school admission guide book: The Law School Admission Game and made admissions decisions at two ABA-approved law schools. In 2004 she founded Law School Expert and has helped thousands of applicants navigate the tough process to get into law school. She has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, US News, Above the Law, Blueprint Prep, and more.
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