What counts as "unlawful conduct"?
June 25, 2014 5:07 PM Subscribe
I'm a reference for a friend who is applying for a license to practice law. The reference form asks me whether my friend has ever "been arrested, or engaged in unlawful conduct". My friend has not, to my knowledge, ever been arrested (or had any other trouble with the law), but like most people consumed alcohol before the age of 21, jaywalks, downloaded music as a teen, etc. Nothing serious at all. What should I say?
posted by Cygnet to Law & Government (17 answers total)
I need to pick "yes" or "no". If "yes" I am given a chance to explain. I don't want to hurt my friend's application, but if I say "no", I can't imagine they will really believe me - everybody breaks SOME laws. We're talking about really minor transgressions most people are guilty of. Do such things even count as "unlawful conduct" on a serious reference form like this?