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Personal Statement / Re: Addendum- Is this an acceptable reason??
« on: October 07, 2004, 06:45:07 PM »
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 Applications / Re: Academic Misconduct and Application
« on: October 07, 2004, 11:32:53 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 Applications / Academic Misconduct and Application
« on: October 06, 2004, 02:49:36 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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