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General Board / Need help with c&f issue - honor code violation
« on: April 02, 2012, 09:53:59 PM »
Hello Everyone,

I need help with a pretty serious c&f issue.  I posted on this board last year as well.  In the spring semester of my 2L year I plagiarized several paragraphs on my seminar paper. I know what I did was terrible and I think about it all the time.  I have not regretted anything more.  After a disciplinary hearing, I was given an F in the course with a note in my transcript.  I was not suspended due to certain mitigating circumstances.  First, 7 days before the semester started I ended up in the ER thinking I was having a heart attack ( I was only 23 at that time).  It turned out to be a cyst and I had emergency surgery.  I was told by my doctor to stay home for at least 6 weeks because the after-effects of the surgery were pretty bad involving chronic pain.  Despite his advice, I chose to continue to attend law school.  I also made a mistake of taking an extra heavy course load ( 4 exams and 2 papers).  Instead of trying to get an extension, something certainly possible in light of my medical history, I chose to plagiarize on one of the papers. The second mitigating factor was that I am an international student and suspension would have caused serious visa issues and most likely prevented me from even completing my degree. Here are my questions:

1- How detailed should I be in disclosing the medical background on the c&f application? My doctor is wiling to write a letter describing the procedure in detail. Should I attach it? Will the committee dig into my medicl history any further?
2- One of the questions asks if " the use of drugs has been an explanation/mitigating factor in a disciplinary proceeding."  I was prescribed morphine for 8 weeks and I mentioned to the committee that being on pain medication was a factor in my struggle.  Should I mention it on the application as well? Will it cause more problems?
3 - Will my references be informed of my academic misconduct.  2 out of 5 know about it.  But I would rather not tell everyone if possible.
4 - The state where I'm taking the bar requires a mandatory hearing in cases of honor code violations.  Do I need an attorney or can I manage on my own? I understand how serious this is, but I can't afford an attorney.  I will have to resort to borrowing money from my friends if I really have to.
5 - I was told by one committee member not to disclose it to my employer and by another to disclose.  I ended up disclosing it to my summer employer who rescinded my offer for a ft associate offer.  I was devastated and could not find anything else until recently when my former boss helped me get a legal intern position.  I have not received the formal offer letter yet ( It was mailed 2 days ago), but I was asked for my transcripts or gpa when applying.  Should I disclose it to my potential employer? This job pays very little in comparison with my earlier offer, but I still don't want to lose it.  Am I obligated to inform c&f if I accept the offer? or wait till I actually start, which would be sometime in September?

Thank you all for your time! I addressed these concerns with the dean at my school and did not get any helpful answers.  I was told to hire an attorney :(

General Board / Re: Honor code violation - totally screwed?
« on: August 10, 2011, 02:14:59 PM »
I forgot to mention that I met with the assistant dean to discuss this problem and she was rather emphatic that a semester suspension  and an F in the course is the norm, especially since the paper was my upper level writing requirement.  I was also asked to submit a letter describing what I did and pleading for lenience. 

I called the state bar and they were quite unhelpful.  They said that the determination would be made based on the circumstances and proof of rehabilitation.   I am looking for an attorney who specializes in bar admission problems and hope to speak with him/her soon.

General Board / Honor code violation - totally screwed?
« on: August 10, 2011, 12:44:05 PM »
Hello Everyone,

I am rising 3L and unfortunately did something really stupid.  My friend and I plagiarized a few paragraphs from a law review article for a paper we were working on separately.  We used different portions of the same article and got caught.  I know it was a terrible idea, but we were swamped with 3 papers and other issues.  None of that justifies what he did of course and the dean will be making a decision on Friday. However, I am considering dropping out because I know that it will cause serious issues with C&F and I don't want to sink another year's worth of time, effort, and money to get denied bar admission.  What is everyone's opinion? On a side note, I have a fantastic job lined up after graduation from my SA gig.  I feel like such a fool for taking a shortcut, but it's too late now. 

I am also pretty sure that I will be suspended for a semester at least.  I will have to factor in the additional living expenses as well.  Does anyone have personal experience/know people with academic misconduct and effect on bar admission?  My second question is how will it reflect on my transcripts if I choose to drop out? Will there be a note on my transcripts? I'm asking because I am going to try to apply for an MBA program if I choose to drop out.  I have great undergrad grades and GMAT scores as I planned to apply to both law and business schools 3 years ago.

PLEASE don't attack me, I know made a huge huge mistake and I cant stop kicking myself enough.  I don't need to feel worse.  At this point, I just want to do the most practical thing possible.

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