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Black men are horribly underrepresented in law school compared to black females.  Do you feel this is due to...

Schools trying to simultaneously fill AA spots and also add to their percentage of women?

Just not enough black men qualified, intelligent enough to qualify because of the educational system, culture, etc?

Other reasons?

Data from Official Guide 2004

Harvard, Black males = 47, Black females = 93
GW, BM 55, BF 124
G'town, BM 63, BF 139
Berkeley, BM 11, BF 26
Penn, BM 22, BF 48
Duke, BM 20, BF 38
Columbia, BM 48, BF 60
Cornell, BM 11, BF 21
Emory, BM 15, BF 35
NYU, BM 37, BF 63
UNC, BM 21, BF 57
Mich, BM 28, BF 46

It is almost two to one (closer to 2.5 to 1 at UPenn, GW, and G'town) and I did not cherry pick these numbers but selected them randomly.  Has anyone heard of any studies done on this topic?

Mexican Americans and Hispanics are almost equal between genders if anyone was wondering.

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Law School Applications / Re: Racist PMs... (My vent!)
« on: January 16, 2005, 07:15:17 PM »
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Law School Applications / Re: Racist PMs... (My vent!)
« on: January 16, 2005, 07:00:59 PM »
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Law School Applications / Re: Racist PMs... (My vent!)
« on: January 16, 2005, 05:55:40 PM »
AA helps certain URM's but as long as you work in law you will be seen by potential clients and hiring partners as most likely an undeserved admit to fill a quota.  Sorry.

And the implications in medicine are even worse.  If my child was receiving a life-saving procedure I am not sure I could put his/her life in the hands of a minority that may have been grossly under qualified to attend the medical school they did.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Michigan Visit
« on: January 16, 2005, 05:39:48 PM »
I am from southern California so it was much colder than I am used to but I think I have patience for cold weather because I have never really experienced it.  The temperature was also in the 30's which isn't really that cold. 

I didn't get to tour the family housing but I drove through the complex and it was basically what I expected, small condo style residences.  There are TONS of units spanning a few square blocks housing visiting professors and grad/medical/law students, seems like a great place to live.  Also, the area is so collegial that basically everything around the university is housing and the bussing system is terrific.  I gathered floor plans from a few apartment complexes and all are very cheap, roughly 850 for a two bedroom.

I was there for roughly one full day and two partials and I noticed two attractive females the entire time.  Good thing I am married.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Michigan Visit
« on: January 16, 2005, 01:38:33 PM »
I visited Michigan this week.

The education speaks for itself.
Ann Arbor is the ideal college town.
The law school is the most phsyically attractive bar none.
Michigan's sports are the best in the top 14.
The housing is tremendous, both family and the lawyers club.
The students I spoke with said the environment is relaxed.

I have outstanding apps at the 6 higher ranked schools but I am planning to attend UM.  Admittedly this is my first visit, but the school just felt perfect.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Boalt - Gender Discrimination?
« on: January 05, 2005, 01:27:00 PM »
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Legacies receiving preferential treatment in admissions is unfortunate.

$50,000 donations should not be considered in admissions, but neither should skin pigmentation.

Regardless, one flaw here does not, and will never, legitimize another.

Fair competition is for what we strive.  That is done by removing barriers and limiting advantages, not creating barriers and providing advantages.

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Personal Statement / Re: Personal Statement Problems.. HELP!
« on: July 22, 2004, 03:36:14 AM »
You'll get admitted with money to every school you apply.

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Law School Applications / Re: Attitudes towards gays in law school
« on: July 19, 2004, 05:19:48 PM »
USF seems like the most logical choice.

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