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Moral Character Application -Employment Verification

Hi All, In my resume for my law school application, I note 0707sc03/14/17
I wouldn't sweat about it. For employer verification, most jd4hire03/15/17
Well, the bar will have an authorization to talk about the d onehell03/15/17
"(who has since passed away) " wutwutwut03/16/17
Oops. Reading comprehension fail. My bad. Main point though onehell03/16/17
Yep. Sorry, I would have done better to state above "Agree wutwutwut03/16/17
worst case scenario is they send you a letter asking for an dingbat03/15/17
I would be shocked if they made any note of it. 3lol03/15/17
Naw they won't care. If you receive a letter asking for isthisit03/16/17
I agree with everyone above. I doubt they even call this emp thirdtierlaw03/16/17
As long as you actually worked there they are not going to b flharfh03/16/17
0707sc (Mar 14, 2017 - 10:24 pm)

Hi All,
In my resume for my law school application, I noted that I worked at an after school program. I was initially hired as a tutor but then slowly took on more responsibilities and became like the coordinator's assistant. However, I was never given that official title/pay rate never increased and no one had that title either. My boss (who has since passed away) used to tell me that I was her assistant since I took on so much more responsibilities since graduating from college. She even revised my resume before I submitted. However, I am now very concerned that when the bar contacts my former employer's (the school's district office) they will only put down tutor and now my law school and moral character application will be inconsistent. Should I let them know about this?

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jd4hire (Mar 15, 2017 - 12:55 pm)

I wouldn't sweat about it. For employer verification, most of it is "did 0707sc work here from X date to Y date?" A lot of employers now refuse to provide any information about employees without authorization. Two of my former employers made me complete a form authorizing them to speak with the powers that be and even with that form, the only info they would provide was that I was employed during the time I was and that I left voluntarily.

If you are super nervous, you can write, but I think an in-person explanation (not sure if you are given that chance - I'm admitted in 2 jurisdictions and one everyone met with someone ever so briefly before taking the exam and the other you only met with if you had issues).

If this is the most pressing issue you are dealing with, I wouldn't worry about it. Plenty of people are sweating bullets who are trying to figure out how to spin multiple felony charges as opposed to the title they used in their bar application.

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onehell (Mar 15, 2017 - 5:57 pm)

Well, the bar will have an authorization to talk about the details beyond just dates of employment. Signing such a form is part of the required forms in every C&F packet I've seen. That said, I agree it won't be a big deal. It's not like he said he was the CEO or something. I doubt most people would see "assistant to the coordinator" as implying some misleading level of responsibility relative to the title of "tutor." Neither sounds like a position of high-level responsibility.

But if you're that worried about it, OP, why not just call the reference and ask if they'll confirm that your duties as a tutor also included assisting the coordinator?

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wutwutwut (Mar 16, 2017 - 11:29 am)

"(who has since passed away) "

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onehell (Mar 16, 2017 - 1:39 pm)

Oops. Reading comprehension fail. My bad. Main point though is I can't see why the bar would care about "assistant" vs. "tutor." Neither title implies a high level of responsibility so the discrepancy would not seem to point to an attempt to exaggerate one's background. It would be like worrying about whether your official title was "secretary" or "administrative assistant."

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wutwutwut (Mar 16, 2017 - 1:58 pm)

Yep. Sorry, I would have done better to state above "Agree with your main points, but note die boss ist tot".

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dingbat (Mar 15, 2017 - 8:09 pm)

worst case scenario is they send you a letter asking for an explanation.
The letter will appear quite stern, but a well-drafted reply will suffice.

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3lol (Mar 15, 2017 - 8:33 pm)

I would be shocked if they made any note of it.

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isthisit (Mar 16, 2017 - 12:42 pm)

Naw they won't care.

If you receive a letter asking for an explanation than provide one. I'd be shocked if they sent one.

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thirdtierlaw (Mar 16, 2017 - 2:09 pm)

I agree with everyone above. I doubt they even call this employer unless it is your only listed job. And if they do call the employer they'll probably notify the caller that your boss passed away and they have no idea what arrangement you had worked out with your boss.

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flharfh (Mar 16, 2017 - 3:59 pm)

As long as you actually worked there they are not going to bust you about your exact title, unless it is something ridiculous like claiming to be the CEO.

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