This past semester, 3 people in my legal writing class (including me, ashamedly), found a copy of the final memo on a library computer (separately) and copied from it. A typographical error in the citeform lifted from the common paper did us all in. I admitted to plagiarism after another had already done so, and the disciplinary committee head said he would push for an F in the writing course, with no suspension or trascript records. However, today I received a letter from him, with the proposed sanction being suspension for the current semester, a F for the course, as well as a record on the transcript about the disciplinary action.Now I could either accept this punishment, or go onto a formal hearing process and see what happens there. Will a record of honor code violation preclude me from sitting at for the bar? I think if the proposed punishment stands, I will just have to quit law school and pursue something else... Does anyone know of a similar situation at your school, and what was the outcome of it? I know what I did was wrong, it was a lapse in judgment. I would appreciate it if anyone could offer some insights.
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