Npret wrote: smilingorch wrote: rpupkin wrote:
smilingorch wrote:C'mon guys - this guy only has a few days left to respond and can't afford an attorney. The best you all can come up with is get the money somehow (from God knows where)? Attorneys don't even work on that time schedule either.
This is coming from someone who negotiated multi-million dollar deals for a major international corporation. The advice you're getting from these guys is ridiculous. Trust me, it seems huge now (and it is), but it doesn't require an attorney to draft your response.
This is horrible advice. You may have "negotiated multi-million dollar deals for a major international corporation," but you lack common sense when it comes to the risks involved when an aspiring lawyer faces a formal allegation of misrepresenting an academic record. You also don't seem to understand how attorneys offer services. What does "attorneys don't even work on that time schedule" mean? You don't know what you're talking about.
OP: it's certainly possible that things will work out just fine for you if you draft the letter yourself. Given the facts you've described, I think there's a good chance that even a poorly-written letter will result in LSAC finding that you did not commit misconduct. But the risks here are substantial. If LSAC doesn't see things your way, it could create significant problems when you apply to other law schools. And further down the road, it could create problems for your C&F application. That's why it's worth paying a C&F attorney to review your letter.
Time schedule as in: OP said he had 20 days, and also said he received the email weeks ago. You do the math here. Clearly he needs to respond in the next few days if not today.
Sorry, don't try me. I've worked directly with lawyers *clearly* far longer and more intimately than you. Not everything needs to be reviewed by a lawyer.
You're giving legal advice here and you haven't started law school?
OP are you sure you've told us everything? What was in your communication with the law school when they replied that they thought you were trying to deceive them?
Just to clarify: Is the law school's view that you requested to apply late based on a close to 3.8 GPA when your actual GPA is significantly lower?
Has your GPA been calculated by LSAC? What GPA do they give you- is it the 3.66 or lower?
Why did you decide to convert it for them (ie do they say anywhere that they ask applicants to convert the GPA?) and did your email explain that your transcript shows 3.66 but you calculated 3.78?
Or did you just say my GPA is 3.78 and send a transcript showing that it clearly is not 3.78? Did you at all explain the discrepancy?
It sounds to me that you flat out stated the calculated GPA instead of the transcript GPA. I can see why the school think this is deceptive and I think you may a have difficult time proving it wasn't deceptive.
Let me know if I'm wrong. I'm confused as to what else you said to the school. My thought is if your email clearly said "my GPA is 3.66 but my calculation shows a GPA of 3.78" you wouldn't be having this issue.
LSAC are difficult people to work with. I think you need professional, expert advice. In New York you can get consultations through the bar association for not much. Not sure about where you live but I would investigate the possibility further before you just give up on getting expert advice.
Does your school have anyone who can help you or might you get in trouble with them as well?
Like I said, without knowing more, from what you little you explained, I understand why the law school thinks you misrepresented your grades trying to get a chance to apply late. It was smart that you attached your transcript and that is in your favor, but it may not be enough.
OP: if you need more time to respond, email asking for an extension.