As part 5 of my series on getting yourself into tip-top shape to apply to law school this fall (you can catch up with parts 1, 2, 3 and 4), I bring up a topic you'd probably rather not deal with: disclosures. And for that, you'll need to get a head start on thinking like a lawyer.
As future lawyers, one of the tasks you will get really, really good at (and very, very bored with) is called document review.* Doc review means going through boxes and boxes of documents (or lots of PDFs), often in a windowless conference room, searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack on the chance it will be useful to the case** you've been staffed on.
It's time to put on your doc review hats as applicants, because law school applications will be released in September, and they will require you to make certain disclosures — disclosures that can require a lot of time to think through. The two most common disclosure question types are broadly (1) whether you have ever gotten into any trouble with the academic or administrative powers-that-be at your college or university and (2) whether you've had any run-ins with the law.