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There may come a time either during law school or in preparation to complete your bar exam application that you realize that one or more of your responses on your original law school application was not accurate. Sometimes applicants have forgotten about a past transgression because it was so many years ago. On the other hand, it’s possible that an applicant was not as forthcoming as they should have been when they originally applied. Additionally, it is important to note that you have an ongoing obligation to ensure that your application to law school is updated, even if an incident occurs while you are currently enrolled in law school.
In your application for the bar exam, you will be required to fill out information about your personal history as well as your academic history. If you are disclosing information on your bar exam application, then you must have disclosed this same information on your law school application, if similar information was requested. If you have admitted to something on the bar exam, your law school application will be examined. If you have transferred from one law school to another, this transfer application will also be examined.
If you have made an omission on your law school application, it is better to request an amendment sooner rather than later. Most law schools will either have a form for this request or they will request that you submit your amendment in writing. Once you have submitted your amendment request, it is up to your law school to decide if they will take no action or if further disciplinary action is required.
When you submit your amendment, it is best to be forthcoming, direct and to apologize for your error. It does not benefit you to be rude or make excuses. Your honesty in submitting your amendment will benefit you not only in your law school’s decision but also your bar exam application.
If you require guidance or further information about amended your law school application, then please contact Hornstine Law, LLC at 215-568-4968.