I’ve never been someone who could imagine caring any less about letting my conscience be my guide. Coming out of high school, I knew that all undergrad schools threw a fit over having extracurriculars, community service, etc. etc. So, I boldfaced lied all over my application to get into a top-20 college. I’m not unintelligent, and maybe I could’ve still gotten in without it, but if no one ever gets caught, why the hell would I risk it?
Now that law school is approaching, I’m pretty much planning on doing the same thing. With all the top law schools getting so competitive that soft factors are becoming more relevant—and schools like Boalt giving all kinds of lip service to wanting “well-rounded applicants”—why shouldn’t I just make them up? Would law schools ever know? Isn’t this just the kind of deceitful and amoral thing that will make me a good lawyer?
If you don’t get caught, it ain’t cheating, right?
Hey, I know, maybe you shouldn’t even go to law school. Just forge a Harvard diploma. A transcript too. Then get a job at Cravath and see what happens. Who knows, maybe you’ll make partner.
Here’s the deal, dude. You’re kind of a douchebag. “Getting over” is fun, I get it. And some good-natured embellishments and resume inflation is par for the course when it comes to law school applications. But flat-out lying and fraud is lame. Just is.
And no, being a duplicitous scumbag won’t make you good lawyer. It will either make a great one, or get you disbarred.