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Very Nervous, Please help!

Very Nervous, Please help!
« on: August 23, 2013, 08:19:37 PM »
I just wanted to ask everyone about addends and undergraduate disciplinary violations, and their affect on law school applications. During my freshmen year of undergrad, I received an alcohol violation within the university disciplinary office. I wrote up an addendum and just wanted to see what you all thought about it, or what might need to be changed.

Does a violation such as this have a large, negative impact on law school applications? Is it a deal-breaker for getting into T14 schools?? I am just really nervous this will be keep me from getting into a great law school, or not allow me to pass F&C.

"During my freshmen year of college, I was found to be in violation of the Department of Residence alcohol policy on the XXX campus. I was spending time in my friendís dorm room on a weekend evening, where we had alcohol present. My friend and his roommate had stepped out of the room, leaving the door open, when a few resident advisers walked past the room and noticed the alcohol. At a meeting with the residence hall director, she discussed with me the consequences of my actions and what would happen in this circumstance. I was given the task of completing an online alcohol education course, which taught me a great deal about the negative consequences of alcohol use while underage. In this situation, no police/reports or convictions, suspensions or probation were involved and everything was handled internally with the residence halls and Dean of Students Office. This was my first and only violation related to alcohol or any other form of disciplinary action.
I accept fully responsibility for my actions that evening, and understand that this was a severe lack of judgment and maturity. After that night, I really got to step back and assess what was important to me and how I want to uphold a much stronger level of representation for myself. A simple mistake like this can cause much more damage than first perceived, and I was not aware of that at the time. I was young, new to college, and quite ignorant of the situations I could encounter while in school. I look back on the experience and use it as learning opportunity as I move forward with my life and as I gather more personal responsibility and grow mentally."

Thank you everyone!!

Re: Very Nervous, Please help!
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2013, 12:24:12 AM »
If they kept out every freshman who ever got caught with a little alcohol in the dorms, there wouldn't be many people in law school. You may need to play the game and confess to having been very, very naughty in your early youth and explain what a big lesson you learned that day and how you paid a modest penance. But violating dorm rules about alcohol once is not exactly a crime of moral turpitude - unless you stole the booze. Be honest about it, but don't dwell on it too heavily. If your LSAT score is high enough and you had a solid GPA in college, I doubt getting in trouble with the dorm lady is really going to have that much impact on your chances.