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Oh Canada! / Re: Which Province Sucks the Most?
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:05:20 PM »
I say the Queen should just sell Quebec back to the French. Good riddance. France already has islands they still own just off the Canadian Coast as is.

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Law School Applications / Re: Help with Diversity Statement
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:03:06 PM »
I'd leave age out. Gender is pointless too since men are now a MINORITY of law students (and many other doctorate fields too) Race is still worth mentioning.

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General Off-Topic Board / Baby Names Illegal?
« on: October 18, 2014, 11:51:46 AM »
This article is a bit old, and I know it comes up every now and then, but I just thought about it again today.
How do you feel about courts saying to some people "you can't name your kid messiah" while others name their kid Jesus, Mohammad, etc? Plus the ones naming kids stuff like apple, or just painful things like antween or whatever.

Seems like a 1st amendment issue on top of a few other things. Any thoughts either for or against?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/12/messiah-baby-name_n_3741893.html

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Law School Applications / Re: Please Help!
« on: October 08, 2014, 09:01:59 PM »
There are private student loans I think, plus (in theory) scholarships
I would say this is even more reason to aim military though, they pay for it and room and board
One cannot join the U.S. military unless one is already a permanent resident or citizen.
I never bothered to ask if they were perm res, but I knew lots were not citizens. Maybe OP can achieve that I don't know. The other ideas that I posted  are still worth exploring too.

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Law School Applications / Re: Please Help!
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:26:55 PM »
There is the option of online law school too, but be afraid be VERY afraid! :o
It is only good in CA and requires a lot of extra hoops to jump through with drastically majority attrition rates
But..........they take ANYONE and most have private financing payment plan options.

Most also let you start with only an Associates, and many provide that Associates Degree at their school as well if you need it.
The correspondence ones often tend to be self paces as well, often without a proctor (varies by the school)
Here is the official list of all the schools and by their type in CA

http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/Education/LegalEducation/LawSchools.aspx
Again, caveat emptor, but an educated man explores ALL options.

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Law School Applications / Re: Please Help!
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:24:17 PM »
A few questions for OP:

Why the US? How will you finance your education, given non-US citizens aren't eligible for financial aid?

Frankly, even assuming admissions were no problem, many law students in the US have trouble financing their education. You'd then be a US JD graduate, but not be eligible to work here. What is your eventual goal?
There are private student loans I think, plus (in theory) scholarships
I would say this is even more reason to aim military though, they pay for it and room and board

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Law School Applications / Re: Please Help!
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:13:10 PM »
While I stand by my (slightly offtopic) posts above, I agree with my fellow JD grad on online degrees being ok too. Just make sure it is a REGIONAL accrediting agency approved by the US Dept of Education (double check, don't just take their word for it) National is oddly considered lower than regional

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Law School Applications / Re: Please Help!
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:10:53 AM »
Honestly, try to get into the American Military. They DO take foreigners. I knew a guy from Red China (no joke, Red China) who went to basic training with me. That will get your family state side, a job, and money to pay for your college.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Scalia on religion
« on: October 06, 2014, 04:47:44 PM »
Its ok, I get what you mean. Only 1L gunners and Profs care about exact citation on non legal documents.  ;)

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Scalia on religion
« on: October 06, 2014, 02:25:54 PM »
It's an interesting question. What is the scope of the Establishment Clause?

I suppose in the most basic sense Scalia is correct. The EC does not prevent the government from ever favoring religion, it only prohibits an establishment of religion. Presumably, there are situations in which religion could be favored over non-religion, but the favoritism would result in something less than an establishment of religion.

The issue I have is that Scalia is willing to pretty far before he considers it an improper establishment. For example, I don't have a problem with Christmas trees in public schools, but Scalia doesn't have a problem with prayer in schools. Again, I think the issue is scope.

As far as whether the Constitution actually favors religion, that's a tougher question. The First Amendment clearly protects religion, but the EC seems to act as a counterweight.

I guess I fall somewhere in the middle. I'm not sure if the intent of the First Amendment was to necessarily favor religion (as Scalia has argued), but I'm also not convinced that the EC prohibits any favoritism (as some secular organizations argue).

Although I'm a secularist, I find the Pastafarian/Spaghetti Monster stuff childish and annoying. I don't think the Constitution entitles the Pastafarians to place a display next to a Nativity scene on public property. Why? Because one is a satirical construct and an expression of political sentiments, not a sincerely held religious belief. As a political statement Pastafarianism enjoys First Amendment protection, but that doesn't mean that they are entitled to disrupt protected religious expression.
There are court cases saying we can't look into if a religion is reasonable only if they have sincere belief in it. So, for most I would agree that they are doing it to mock and thus not sincere. A could see some nutjob for real into something like it though. Think about the crazy homeless people talking into shoes.

As for more established faiths I think the main arguments now days are "ceremonial deism" and for historical reasons.

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