The information that you provide NSU Shepard Broad College of Law on the application for admission must match the information that you later provide bar authorities on your application for admission to the bar. Although our applications asks fewer questions than the bar application, your answers to our questions must be:
Full disclosure is not only in your best interest, it is a requirement.
Review your application for J.D. admission using your LSAC account. Make sure that you have provided complete, accurate, and thorough information for the character and fitness questions. It is possible that you:
- May have misinterpreted a question and omitted a disclosure as a result
- May have determined incorrectly that a particular matter does not fit the criteria outlined
- May have relied upon incorrect advice in deciding not to disclose something from your past
- May have omitted information because you feared it would prevent being offered admission
What the Questions Mean
The NSU Shepard Broad College of Law application for J.D. admission asks specific questions pertaining to character and fitness in four general categories:
These five questions seek to learn if you were subjected to any academic actions in postsecondary studies. These actions include academic warning, academic probation, academic suspension or dismissal, requests for you to discontinue your studies for academic reasons, or being dropped, expelled or required to withdraw for academic reasons. Such actions usually appear on transcripts, though not always. Terms used may vary by institution.
These four questions pertain to honor code or student conduct violations in postsecondary schools.
- Question 6 seeks to know of accusations even if a finding of guilt or responsibility was not made.
- Question 7 solicits information on warning or probation for conduct reasons.
- Question 8 seeks information on conduct issues resulting in being dropped, expelled, suspended, being required to withdraw, or other discipline not specifically cited in the question.
- Question 9 addresses conduct issues that caused a school to request or advise you to withdraw.
Such actions are generally not on transcripts and may require consultation with prior institutions’ student affairs or deans’ offices.
These four questions seek information about criminal offenses and violations, not civil actions. Each question is rather specific in what it seeks, but there are some common misconceptions that have caused students to make errors and not disclose required matters. These include, but are not limited to:
- Believing a matter is not covered by our questions
- Believing you do not have to indicate a matter that was sealed or expunged—you do have to answer “yes” to question 10 but then have the option of either fully disclosing a sealed or expunged matter or providing us with a copy of the court order sealing or expunging it
- Uncertainty about the terms “offense,” “violation,” “charge,” and “citation” or other terms used in reference to these four questions
- Having been told by counsel, police, judges, parents, or others that “it is like it never happened.”
This question seeks information about disciplinary action or license revocation or suspension of a license administered by a professional board or agency. Matters such as loss of a financial services series license for violations of regulations or ethics, loss of a medical license for improper prescriptions, or revocation of a real estate broker license for financial malfeasance are examples. This does not refer to employment discipline or job termination unless related to a professional ethics violation.
If you have questions about whether something not included on your application needs to be disclosed or you need help parsing the questions and understanding what information must be disclosed, please contact us. We want to assist you in making sure your bar application process is smoothed by proper disclosures on your J.D. application.
Other Relevant Application Questions
In addition to the questions in the Character and Fitness section of the J.D. application, there are other parts of the application where mistakes are made that can cause problems with bar admission later on.
This section requires you to list ALL educational institutions attended beginning with your secondary school (high school). Even if courses from a college appear on another school’s transcript, attendance at the school must be reported on the application. Concurrent enrollment at a college or university while in high school must be reported. Schools from which you withdrew or from which you were dismissed must be reported. Schools where you enrolled but did not earn credit must be reported. Prior enrollment at a law school, for any period of time, must be reported.
The J.D. application requires that a resume that includes relevant employment, leadership, honors, and volunteer and community service be included. Errors in employment or service, misrepresentations of job titles or duties, errors in dates, erroneous claims of awards or certifications are all problematic and must be corrected quickly.
Misrepresentations of facts, false claims, and fabrications are problems, especially when bar authorities can find facts or evidence that is contradictory. Anything in your personal statement or any supplement provided in your application that is not accurate will need to be addressed and corrected early
Fixing Errors or Omissions
Take time this summer to review your application, ask questions, and determine whether you need to clarify any disclosures already made or disclose matters not presented in your application for admission. If you determine that additional information or additional disclosures are necessary, prepare an application addendum as follows:
- Write your addendum to include the following information:
- Your name and the date of the addendum
- The date for each matter involved
- The relevant facts for each matter
- The process of each matter, including the resolution
- A statement explaining why you did not include this disclosure in your original application for J.D. admission.
- Send it to William D. Perez, Assistant Dean for Admissions, at email@example.com.
An addendum should be completed and submitted well before the start of the academic year.
In most cases these addenda do not impact one’s admission status to the College of Law. Each addendum will be reviewed with the application and the admissions committee may determine that the nature of the new information may warrant action on their part, which may include revocation of admission.
Continuing Obligation to Disclose
Every applicant must report to the College of Law any such events that occur after filing his/her application for J.D. admission. The disclosure obligation is a continuing one equally applicable to such events that may occur after a student is enrolled at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law. The admissions committee and the NSU Law administration will consider new information submitted and, in appropriate circumstances, may change the status of an applicant or student.