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Financial Aid / FAFSA & Deciding Not To Go
« on: December 11, 2011, 04:53:50 PM »
There's a chance that I'm going to decide against going to law school (i.e., if I don't get into schools that are good enough to justify the debt).

What course of action do I take if I file the FAFSA, but then decide not to go to law school? Do I cancel the FAFSA? How would I do this?

Law School Admissions / C&F - University Housing Violations
« on: November 03, 2011, 03:26:30 PM »

I'm in serious need of advice on this issue.

When I was a first year in college, I lived in the dorms. There was an incident where I drank too much and became disruptive, delusional, and borderline violent. My RA was trying to calm me down and get me back to my room. As he was attempting to do this I grabbed him by the arm, and the report says I tried to slap him. The police were later called and I was hospitalized and charged with a drunk in public.

I met with the resident director, who said that for the time being they would have to cancel my housing contract. It was called an "interim cancellation." The actual decision would be reached at my hearing. The hearing was postponed once, then postponed again, and finally I was told to wait to be told next date. I waited, and was never contacted.

I recently called the judicial affairs department at that university, they said my record was clean and no disciplinary action had ever been taken. Then I called the housing/dorm department, who have their own judicial affairs sub-department that is separate from the primary university one, and they indeed have a record of this incident, including a narrative describing the events. The person I talked to said that, no resolution to the case had ever been reached. He could not find a record of an outcome or decision.

I'm now applying to law school. I think this is going to significantly impact my chances. 2.5 years later, I was arrested for drunk in public, under completely different circumstances (stumbling/falling around the streets; cops were pretty harsh in my college town). Both of these drunk in public charges were lowered to disturbing the peace, infractions.

I know I have to disclose the drunk in public charges; that's not what I'm asking about. I'm assuming I'm probably going to have to disclose the housing incident (do I?), in one way or another. What do I say?

Please help. Thanks in advance, this means a lot to me.

By the way, the question I'm worried about is, Have you ever been subject to dismissal, suspension, probation, or other academic or disciplinary sanction by any college, university, or professional school?

(EDIT: As a secondary issue, I'm also trying to gauge to what degree this will impact me. I'm 163/3.7, currently trying for a higher score, probable 165-167. Thank you, I've been freaking out about this and can't find any advice.)

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