You consider a contract involving giving somebody $100,000 in exchange for a promise to go to one of the top law schools in the country an adhesion contract? An adhesion contract is only invalid if it is one no reasonable person would sign. The Model Rules of Professional Responsibility do not apply to anybody because they are the MODEL rules. Not to mention NY's professional responsibility law is based on the old model code, they never switched over. Anyway, you can be rejected from the bar for planty of things that would not get you disbarred, since there is a general "good moral character and general fitness" rule. I don't actually think this would prevent his bar admission but you had better believe they will ask about it. As for not opening themselves up for being haled to court? Again, what colorable, not even winnable, but colorable legal claim could they make. Furthermore, NYU is a major university. Fending off a loser lawsuit is a joke to them.
and this is not going to be much of a fight. Sorry.
You're right. Its not much of a fight because you already lost. The "contract" is legally unenforceable and the person is not being unethical when he/she doesn't withdraw other apps.
You got mad because someone would dare to contradict you. Your little ego couldn't comprehend that. Get over yourself.
The contract is legally unenforceable isn't the point. One it's not illusory. If NYU doesn't give them the scholarship they promised then they breach. If the guy doesn't go to the school then he breaches. An adhesion contract. Give me a break. NYU is offering to give him a full ride for simply agreeing that he would come there. Wow, they really forced him into that one.
Now, they would never sue in court but they could send letters to other schools saying that this person signed a binding agreement and now is revoking and that looks horrible. Probably would result in other top schools revoking an offer in my mind.
Also, it is good to get in the habit of conducting yourself as a professional now. This is when you are going to start making connections within the legal community. Don't make yourself look like a complete DB before you even get there. NYU is a great school just accept the scholarship and binding agreement if that is what you want. Otherwise let the scholarship go and take your chances elsewhere.