I urgently need advice. I completed my 1L year at a private law school in the Midwest. Before I submitted my application over a year ago, I went to a prominent local attorney to ask if I should have my juvenile record expunged. (It consists of two charges: Minor consumption and impersonating a police officer.) The attorney advised me that there was no need to incur the expense of an expungement because I was a minor at the time, and in Indiana you don’t have to disclose offenses committed while a minor.
The person who worked at the youth center which handled the case said the same thing and reiterated that they would under no circumstance release any records pertaining to my juvenile record.
They both said that when I sat for the bar, it would be perfectly legal to say nothing of my juvenile record even without an expungement.
I am now looking at applying for LLM and some other programs, and the necessary applications seem to indicate otherwise. What should I do? Should I go to a counselor at my school and explain the confusion? Should I immediately seek an expungement? Or can I, in fact, do nothing at all and maintain confidentiality pertaining to my record in regards to my initial/subsequent academic and bar applications? I would appreciate your advice so much.
If possible, get the damn things expunged. What the hell’s the downside? The real question is: Why are you getting an LLM in the first place? (Read “I Might Get an LL.M” and “I May Add an LL.M to My JD and MBA.”)
PS: Impersonating a police officer? Really?