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.