MoMettaMonk wrote:Karen and Mike,
As everyone has already said thank you for your contributions to this site. They have been invaluable. There was recently a post in the URM forum where someone was posting for a "friend" who was contemplating faking URM status in order to attempt to gain admission to a higher ranked school. The TLS hive-mind quickly pounced and said that it was a horrible idea, but we also realized that we weren't sure what a school could do to catch someone who did this, what penalties they would face (Dion Alaniz was mentioned but that was an especially strange case), or even if it's something that happens on even a semi-regular basis. As the admissions experts on this board, I was wondering if there was any light that you could shed on how schools deal with this issue?
Let me suspend judgement on someone doing this or thinking about doing this (and I have them x10) and focus on the possible ramifications.
One. If you (obviously not you MoMettaMonk, I mean anyone) were to do this and a school were to investigate and find out you would be blackballed from the law school community. Likely you would never go to law school. All it would take would be for law school to find out -- so if a friend told on this applicant (it happens), if a school investigates, etc etc. No JD. Ever.
Two. Perhaps even worse, what if this was discovered while you were in law school. You would be kicked out after spending x year(s) and $$$ and revert back to #1. Again, no JD, this time you would also be out of time and money.
Three. What if 1 or 2 happened and the media picked up on it. You might not be out of a job but out of a career.
Think back to what happened on this very board a few years ago with Illinois. I have never commented on it because I know people involved very well and I was pretty much shocked out of my mind. All I will say is that one lie seems to have turned into a pattern of lies, (as is the norm by the way I used to teach Business Ethics at a university and we talked about this very topic) and someone lost their career because of doing so. Why would you ever risk this? You integrity is the most important thing you have in your career. I mean #1 most important. To quote a Dutch saying "trust leaves on horseback and returns on foot"