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Don't ask us, ask them:

Yeah, Villanova won't let students work on women's reproductive issues during the normal 40 hour workweek or receive any credit for same because of their feelings on abortion.

Villanova, one of the more overtly Catholic schools in the country. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: W&L waitlist
« on: March 18, 2009, 01:38:24 PM »
Not good odds, sadly.  I'd start making other plans, and if they come through for you then you can decide if losing your deposit is worth going to W&L.

I ride the PSU - UPenn confusion train every day of my life out here.  No one confuses them on the east coast, but out west I apparently went to an Ivy with a killer football team.   ;D

Seriously, PSU just opened a new campus and went from T3 to #77 in one year.  I'd say they'll probably keep climbing to about #50 or so before you graduate, given the higher caliber of student they can attract by being in the top 100 and the way US News weights the rankings.  If rank is a huge concern theirs is only going one direction, and I see no reason why they can't overtake schools like Tennessee and ASU in the next few years.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: What to wear for a visit
« on: March 17, 2009, 07:29:22 PM »
I wear a suit to work, why not wear one to the visit?  Might as well get used to them if you're going to work in law.  Besides, it covers my sidearm.   8)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American vs. George Mason
« on: March 16, 2009, 04:45:02 PM »
To become a VA instate you need to reside there for one year, file taxes, register your vehicle, and generally show that you intend to remain in VA after school.  Not too hard, but not automatic.

Wow, this is like yearbook superlatives, only more worthless.

Many "Whites" are completely unaware that they are Black or Indian...or Mexican. Funny...some of them actually hate ethnic minorities, too. That's a cruel joke God plays on these White people, but that's another topic. lol!

I don't think it's all that cruel.  But it is funny.

More likely than any other available investigation method, they could look at your employment and school records, something the schools and bar might realistically be relied upon to do if they smelled a rat. They could check to see whether you have always indicated your status as a URM. Some state bars will pobably go back through EVERY job you have had and every school you've ever attended, according to what I am learning. If they were to find inconsistencies, they could bust you that way. But, as long as family members vouched for you, I don't think it would do anything but slow down your inevitable bar admission...unless you are just flat-out busted in a lie somehow.

I think as long as you're consistent you're ok.  It's suddenly deciding that you're a URM that can get you in trouble.  As an aside, I do personally know of at least one person who did exactly that.  Her parents were the neurotic, type-A types that will do their kids homework for them if it means they'll get into Harvard.  BTW, she didn't get in to Harvard.

Real answer: your race is self-declared.  Other than Native American (which is tribal membership, not race), you are whatever race you claim to be.  Just pick one for all of your documents.  So, as long as they have been claiming it for everything, anyone who checks the box is honest.

The reason:  There is no test for race.

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