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Law School Admissions / Re: Addendum for LSAT?
« on: October 23, 2004, 01:49:38 PM »
I'm going to go out on a limb and say you could write one, but it probably won't matter either way.  The school is going to evaluate the scores however they want, most likely regardless of what you say.  Especially since the scores are similar.  Nice score jump, though.

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I agree with the pure gold sentiment in regard to your situation.  I caught the rough end of a large university policy in my ass for doing the right thing, and have struggled with hazing reform for fraternities on a national level, and I use these difficult situations to highlight how it has defined my character (ya, it sounds dramatic, blah blah).  Not everyone meets Nelson Mandela, but everyone has conflicting situations.  You could make your situation far more interesting than meeting Mandela if you approach it correctly and write it well.

My $0.02.

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I'll read it.  email kr@iastate.edu and I'll send you mine.

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Greetings!

I have finished the first drafts of my PS and my addendum for an academic misconduct charge (http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,10573.0.html).  Is anyone available to proof them for me?  They haven't been through my harem of english profs yet, so there should be alot to complain about.  Specifically, I am interested in opinions on how I attacked my unique situation.  I would be more than happy to return the favor.

Thanks!

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I'm not so sure that saying you wanted to challenge yourself is the best angle.  What I see in that situation is, this kid almost died, then wanted to challenge himself?  Nah.

I think you should go with 'taking an aggressive graduation schedule' and working extra hard to meet you goal.

Just my $0.02.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Academic Misconduct and Application
« on: October 07, 2004, 09:32:53 AM »
The other guy was punished as well, I believe.  Due to the whole FERPA thing, however, they were never allowed to tell me about anything that happened with him.

Is checking the box that I have had something like this happen going to immediately preclude most schools from considering me?  Will they even bother to read my addendum explaining the situation?  Any more advice would be superb.

Thanks!

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Law School Admissions / Academic Misconduct and Application
« on: October 06, 2004, 12:49:36 PM »
Greetings!

I have an odd situation that I would like some advice on.  When I was a 2nd year, I was charged with academic misconduct.  The actual situation is not quite what would be expected.  During a test I noticed one of the schools top athletes copying from my exam, and the next day I met with the professor and informed him of this.  However, due to the very strict guidelines my university has regarding academic dishonesty, I was found guilty for assisting a cheater because I admitted that I noticed him doing it during the test and didn't stop it then.  I cooperated with the acadmic affairs committe throughout, but I got shafted by the letter of the law in the end.  The woman in charge of academic affairs for my school is writing me a letter of rec attesting to this.  However, the fact remains that I have still have an academic misconduct ruling on my record.  I received an F for this class on my transcript, which has lowered my GPA to a 3.74.

I feel obligated to report this on all of my applications, although I am afraid this will severely hurt my chances.  I have a 3.92 GPA with this class not counted (as will appear on my transcript at the end of this semester), with majors in Computer Engineering and Economics, and a minor in math.  I have an lsat of 167.  However, the applications I sent out will show the GPA of 3.74.

I am going to write an addendum discussing how this happened, accompanied by the letter of rec.  I'm trying for Top 10 schools, specifically Stanford and Harvard.

Any thoughts / advice? Just out of *sheer* curiosity, what would be the effects of not mentioning this on my applications.

Thanks!

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