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Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process

  1. What constitutes misconduct or an irregularity?
  2. What is the difference between misconduct and an irregularity?
  3. What kinds of acts or omissions are covered under misconduct or an irregularity?
  4. What are the most frequent types of allegations of misconduct or an irregularity?
  5. What is the process if an allegation(s) of misconduct or an irregularity is leveled against me?
  6. What determinations can be made?
  7. If misconduct or an irregularity is found, will this decision prevent me from getting into law school or a bar association?
  8. Do I need to inform a law school I have applied to of changes to my application if those changes occurred after I submitted my application?
  9. Why am I being accused of misconduct or an irregularity if I simply made an honest mistake on my application?
  10. What can I do to avoid committing misconduct or an irregularity?

1. What constitutes misconduct or an irregularity?

The submission, even by mistake, as part of the law school admission process of any information that is false, inconsistent, or misleading, or the omission of information that may result in a false or misleading conclusion, or the violation of any regulation governing the law school admission process, including any violation of LSAT test center regulations.

2. What is the difference between misconduct and an irregularity?

There is no difference. These charges are used simultaneously because intent is not an element in the procedure and is not considered in the findings.

3. What kinds of acts or omissions are covered under misconduct or an irregularity?

Anything under the scope of the admissions process including the LSAT, the Credential Assembly Service, and first-year, transfer, and visiting admissions.

4. What are the most frequent types of allegations of misconduct or an irregularity?

Misrepresentation of  academic record; misrepresentation of information on law school applications; altered, non-authentic, or unauthorized letters of recommendation; misrepresentation of disciplinary record; violation of LSAT testing regulations; failure to report prior law school matriculation.

5. What is the process if an allegation(s) of misconduct or an irregularity is leveled against me?

You will be issued a charge letter detailing the allegation(s) from LSAC which will also invite you to respond to the allegation(s) and give you the option to request a telephonic hearing.

6. What determinations can be made?

If no determination of misconduct or an irregularity is found, only you and the initiating party of the charge are notified.  If a determination of misconduct or an irregularity is found, you, the initiating party of the charge, all law schools to which you have applied, will subsequently apply, or have matriculated, and other affected persons or institutions as appropriate, are notified.

7. If misconduct or an irregularity is found, will this decision prevent me from getting into law school or a bar association?

No recommendation is made to any law school or bar association regarding how the charge of misconduct or an irregularity should affect the outcome of a law school or bar admissions decision. Each individual law school or bar association chooses how they want to interpret the findings and how it may or may not affect their admissions decision.

8. Do I need to inform a law school I have applied to of changes to my application if those changes occurred after I submitted my application?

Yes.  By keeping those law schools you have applied to abreast of any changes to the information you submitted during the application process as they occur, you could avoid an allegation of misconduct or an irregularity.

9. Why am I being accused of misconduct or an irregularity if I simply made an honest mistake on my application?

Intent is not an element in the procedure and is not considered in the findings. You are expected to provide true and accurate information in your application materials and adhere to all regulations.

10. What can I do to avoid committing misconduct or an irregularity?

Review carefully and adhere to all instructions given for LSAT administrations and application materials.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To get more detailed information on the Misconduct and Irregularities policy, please see Misconduct and Irregularities.