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Current Law Students / Re: LSAT / GMAT
« on: March 17, 2006, 05:43:17 AM »
My scores:

163 LSAT
630 GMAT

Current Law Students / Re: caught for plagiarism at my school
« on: March 02, 2006, 01:05:46 PM »
Yep.  I dropped out after 2 months.  Couldn't handle it?  You're right - I couldn't handle not seeing my year-old child after working all day.  The work was not bad at all.  My masters program at Cornell was just as challenging as the legal work.  I enjoyed it but it wasn't worth the sacrifice.  I received a 100 on my only exam and decided to bow out on top  8)

Why am I still here?  Hey man, it's fun. 

Current Law Students / Re: caught for plagiarism at my school
« on: February 28, 2006, 03:17:21 PM »
I am amazed at how many of you are advocating that he fight it or are insinuating that the school was somehow in the wrong.  Do you think that the school's rule on plagiarism was somehow ambiguous?  Do you believe that there was nothing written in the student handbook about not plagiarizing?  Do the rest of us a favor and look up the word integrity in your Black's dictionary - you may find it an appealing concept.

Current Law Students / Re: caught for plagiarism at my school
« on: February 28, 2006, 09:54:40 AM »
My Biden joke was meant tongue-in-cheek, but I really do think you've dug yourself a huge hole here.  Nothing can be said that will help...frankly, anything advice short of "it's going to be extremely hard for you for the medium-term" is just polishing a turd.  Plagiarism is the biggest professional no-no you could have done at this point in your career.  You may not be able to get a second bite at the legal apple.  The fact that you're talking about taking this to a review board because you're upset that you will receive an F tells me that your judgment sucks.  A review board would probably kick you out of school at this point because they're in awe that you'd try to fight the lenient punishment that you have been dealt.

Being completely candid here, I think you should start looking for another career path.  Any potential future employers are going to keep you at a distance...I sure wouldn't want to bring in an untested newbie into my firm when they've already been shown to cheat under pressure.

A good quote to remember:

"Adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it."

If the heat of the RWA battle made you cheat, imagine what a big trial will do to you.

Current Law Students / Re: caught for plagiarism at my school
« on: February 28, 2006, 04:39:33 AM »
You could always run for US Senate.  Joseph Biden has made a good career of it.

Current Law Students / Re: What's good about being an attorney?
« on: February 25, 2006, 08:31:23 AM »
INTJ...Introvert, Intuiting, Thinking, Judging

Interestingly enough, it's called the "Mastermind" personality!  I like that.

Truly assess whether or not the legal field is right for you.  If you grimmace at the yelling and posturing in the boardroom of the apprentice it'll probably drive you nuts.  In that case, go do something else.

Current Law Students / Re: Crossing Over from 1L to Grad School
« on: February 24, 2006, 06:26:59 AM »
Sounds like you're in Houston!

You will almost definitely have to take the GRE if you want to cross over.  Congratulations on making a tough decision...remember that life is not a strict one-way road.  If you made a mistake, just take the next turn and see where it leads you.

Life: The ultimate choose-your-own-adventure book!

Current Law Students / Re: Leave of Absence..advice please!!!!
« on: February 21, 2006, 02:10:38 PM »
I did leave school.  I was a couple of months in - stayed just long enough for my 100 in Legal Bibliography  ;)  Now I can say that I was undefeated as a law student!  I actually enjoyed the school, which is what makes me so comfortable with the decision.  I really just didn't want to practice what I was learning.

Current Law Students / Re: Leave of Absence..advice please!!!!
« on: February 19, 2006, 01:33:03 PM »
Hey SeniorBelding - I did not go right after undergrad.  I have 5 years work experience and a masters degree.  I just realized that I was going to be much happier pursuing my chosen (masters) field than I would be in the legal field.  My father and both grandfathers were lawyers and I guess I just never sat back and looked at their lives until I was in school.  I spoke with them and with some of their colleagues and was surprised at how much stress/alcoholism/unhappiness I found.  I heard the stories before but never understood how prevalent those experiences were in the field until I saw it as my own future. 

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