Thanks to Google Alerts, I stumbled across the following forum post by someone with the pseudonym “Balance”:
My worst fears were confirmed to me on Monday when, after seeking advice from a confidant within the school‘s administration and teaching faculty, I realized that I should withdraw from law school. And so yesterday morning, I did.I don’t want to get into specifics. Long story short, I misrepresented myself with respect to my criminal record on my application for admission to the school, and in doing so, sacrificed the integrity of the admissions process. I also sacrificed my own personal integrity. I was desperate to get accepted, and that desperation eventually contributed to me making a very foolish and regrettable decision.
My life, my future, has been turned upside down and there’s no one to blame but myself. I don’t know how I’m going to explain this to the people who love me. I don’t know where to begin. I spent 22 years trying to figure out what I’m supposed to do in this life, and I thought I’d finally found it; I excelled in law school. I thought I found it.
I don’t know why I’m posting this. I think I just need to tell someone, or anyone, about this epic fail of mine. Looking for some kind of catharsis that I won’t find.
When applying to the school back in ’05, I lied by omission in regards to a felony conviction from ’00. Even though the final disposition was and is sealed, I was still obliged to disclose the facts of the case in my application for admission. My school never caught the omission, so I could theoretically just keep my mouth shut and hope the Florida Bar doesn’t notice my deception. I could also continue living feeling like a liar and hurt a fledgling school that’s tying to build a solid reputation for itself. I’m not going to do that.
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