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Law School Admissions / Re: Exaggerations on Law School Application
« on: January 09, 2013, 04:25:22 PM »
Thank you both for the thoughtful replies.

Maintain FL 350, I think the "flat out lied" is a little harsh as a general matter, with the exception of the VP fact (the rest just seems like tolerable "puffery").  Agreed that there is no beating around the bush there (of course, that may have been what you are referring to).

This does bother me and I am very regretful, but I am inclined at this point to leave it alone.  It seems, literally, impossible that this would come up unless I volunteer the informaton, so nothing is gained from amending my law school app (and it seems like a weird thing to do).   Maintan FL 350 states that its not inconceivable that they would ask about extracurricular college actvities on a bar application, but think that it is.  They don't ask, for sure, in any of the states I am interested in. And its not really the type of thing a state bar is interested in.  They'd look at your law school applicaton, but they are not going to verify every trivial biographical fact.  I think that there is literally zero possibility of it being an issue.

The general advice re always disclose is well taken (and my bar applicaton will certainly be 100 pct truthful), but I think there is no benefit here to amending my law school app and tend to agree with "Groundhog."  Live and learn.  If it's keeping me up at night or something, then I'll amend it just to get it off my chest, but for now I'm satisfied that its water under the bridge.

Thanks again.

Law School Admissions / Exaggerations on Law School Application
« on: January 08, 2013, 06:44:20 PM »
I am a 1L at a Top 14 law school.

On my application to law school, I exaggerated my involvement in campus activities.  Specifically:
1. I volunteered as a volleyball coach for the Special Olympics twice a week, and I listed myself as "Head Volleyball Coach". 
2. (this is more of a gross exaggeration)- I pledged a fraternity (and de-pledged), lived there, and was fairly active/friends with the members.  I listed myself as a member of this fraterntiy, AND as VP for a term.

I really regret doing this, as I dont think any of these exaggerations would have impacted anything.  I think at the time I thought of this as harmless "puffing", but now I see it as "lying" (particularly the VP thing).   

Is this something I should be concerned about?  Obviously, it didnt come up in admissions.  I dont think that the bar character and fitness people would be looking at college social involvement (unless they had a reason to), so I guess its water under the bridge.   Is it worth trying to amend my application (not sure how that works)?  worst case scenario, what would happen if the bar discovered this exaggerating/lying on extracurricular activities?  Obviously, its a matter of degree.   If you lie about having attended another college previously or having a criminal conviction, you are screwed.  If you lie about being an RA for three years instaed of two, no one will care.   But this seems to be in a middle ground.  Grateful for any advice.

Thank you.

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