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Friday, November 19, 2004

Conglomerate is full of advice

In the wake of Professor Smith's series of posts concerning advice for would be Law Professors, Professor Hurt, Smith's new co-blogger offers advice for would be law students. I know at least a few of our readers are aspiring law students. Some of this advice seems pretty obvious to those of us that have already gone through the process but I remember grappling with this:

Criminal Incidents: Every law school application is going to have detailed questions about all criminal adjudications, including traffic tickets. Rule of Thumb: It's not the crime, it's the cover up!

I, like many college students, had a bit of a criminal record. Nothing serious, just your run of the mill speeding and drinking related tickets. The problem was that I had a very embarrassing sounding charge on my record. In May of 2001 I was issued a citation for "Deposit of Human Waste Products." Now before you jump to any conclusions, I did not receive this ticket for emptying the shitter of my motorhome in the K-Mart parking lot. I got it for taking a leak in the woods when I was at a graduation party. The Port-o-johns were full. Wouldn't you have done the same? Seriously, what guy has never taken a wiz outside? Anyway, I thought that admissions departments would take one look at that and think I was too trashy for law school. This was not the case. I explained what happened and I got into the best schools I applied to and it was never spoken of again except as bar conversation. So just disclose everything and it won't matter how much of a dumb ass you were in college.


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