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substantive crime

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A quick definition of substantive crime:

Substantive crime: This refers to a crime that is considered to be a serious offense. It is different from procedural crimes, which are related to how a case is handled in court. Substantive crimes are the actual illegal actions that a person has committed, such as theft or murder.

A more thorough explanation:

Definition: A substantive crime is a criminal offense that is considered to be a violation of the law. It is a crime that involves an actual act or behavior that is prohibited by law, rather than just a thought or intention.

Example: Murder, theft, and assault are all examples of substantive crimes. These are actions that are specifically prohibited by law and are punishable by the legal system. In contrast, a person's thoughts or intentions to commit a crime are not considered substantive crimes until they take action to carry out those intentions.

Explanation: The examples illustrate the definition of substantive crime by showing that these are actual actions that are prohibited by law and can result in legal consequences. It is important to note that not all actions are considered substantive crimes, as some may be legal or may not be specifically prohibited by law.

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I tried to naturally use some buzzwords but nothing crazy since adcoms often aren’t lawyers
14:36
dont use flowery language
[] ararara
14:36
@chag: been saying the same thing about JB!
14:36
What did you all write your PS about?
ok good i dont like fancy language its annoying. Im reading this book and the author is using words ive never seen before and im like bro there's no way you knew this word existed by urself u used a thesaurus
tooth
14:37
@AbandonedCumbersomePotato: nah i liked them bc they were different. i think adcoms hate the "i want to be a lawyer because I want to work on xyz laws!" they prob read like 8000 of those a year
BarryZuckercornEsq
14:37
I know all the words. I got a 169 on the verbal section of the GRE with little studying
I write with flowery language. It was really annoying because I coudlnt
tooth
14:37
i feel like they like unique stories more lol, but what do i know
jb2028
14:37
@chag: :)
OptimisticPessimist24
14:38
I wrote my entire PS in Jamaican Patois. Do you think that hurt me?
Unpopular opinion but I like rather abstruse words ;D
jb2028
14:38
@DragonUltraSpy: Yeah you don't need to get sesquipedalian about it
I actually wrote my ps in klingon
[] ararara
14:38
@jb is that species?
BarryZuckercornEsq
14:38
My PS was a series of haikus about my white savior exploits in sub-Saharan Africa
[] ararara
14:38
A species*
14:39
My PS was the bee movie script
jb2028
14:39
Best class I ever took was my school's advanced writing sequence, and 90% of the class was about making your prose easier for readers to follow
@BarryZuckercornEsq: were the haikus in traditional heian-era Japanese?
14:39
Barry is Prince Henry
BarryZuckercornEsq
14:39
They weren't. Maybe that's why I've caught so many WLs :(
14:40
i actually feel i made a mistake writing my PS in the sense that i chose a topic that required SOOOOO much explanation. spent so much of my writing on exposition when i wanted to just be telling my story and arguing my points
BarryZuckercornEsq
14:41
For real though you don't want the tone of your PS to be pretentious. Write in your natural voice.
OptimisticPessimist24
14:41
yeah that's not great
jb2028
14:41
Complexity (of words, sentences, paragraphs, pieces) is a tool, sometimes it's a necessary tool (subject-matter experts expect specific terminology, etc.) but the person reading your PS is probably not an expert in your legal area/work experience, so making your PS easy to understand for all audiences is best
tooth
14:41
i didnt write a single bit about actually being a lawyer in my PS lol
[] ararara
14:42
Plus the people reading our PSs are reading them super fast. Each app only gets so much time.
[] ararara
14:42
Write them like you’re tweeting
jb2028
14:42
@ararara: Sesquipedalian = "person who overuses long words"
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