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Studying for the LSAT / Dec 2004 Fish Question
« on: May 31, 2005, 10:35:11 PM »
Biologist have noted reproductive abnormalities in fish that are immediately downstream of paper mills.  One possible cause is dioxin, which paper mills release daily and which can alter the concentration of hormones in fish.  However, dioxin is unlikely to be the cause, since the fish recover normal hormone concentrations relatively quickly during occasional mill shutdowns and dioxin decomposes very slowly in the environment.

Which one of the following statements, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

C. Normal river currents carry the dioxin present in the river far downstream in a few hours.

D.  Some of the fish did not recover rapidly from the physiological changes that were induced by the changes in hormone concentrations.

Why is it C and not D.  If the fish don't recover, from the changes in hormone imbalences doesn't this weaken the argument?

Studying for the LSAT / Need help LR Oct.99
« on: April 02, 2005, 03:50:23 PM »
16. We can learn about the living conditions of a vanished culture by examining its language.  Thus, it is likely that the people who spoke Proto-Indo-European, the language  from which all Indo-European language descended, lived in a cold climate, isolated from ocean or sea, because Proto-Indo-European lacks a word for "sea," yet contains works for "winter," "snow," and "wolf."

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

B. Some languages lack words for prominent elements of the environments of their speakers.
D. Proto-Indo European possesses words for "heat."

I picked D. The argument assumes that the Proto-Indo-Eurpoean languages possiblly have words of things that they see such as "winter" "snow" "wolf" wouldn't it weaken the arguement if they had a word such as heat which is something that you can't see, but feel....?

Why is B right? Does it matter that some languages lack words for prominent elements of the enivronment like maybe some Asian languages or other different language trees of which Proto-Indo-Europeans do not evolve from, for me this answer is too this case does not seem to impact this argument?

Please share your thoughts...

Law School Applications / Re: Dogs (& pets) in LS
« on: March 20, 2005, 07:12:58 PM »
My advice would be to spend a lot of time at the pound, study their personalities and find one that has dog like qualities. You can also ask the people that work at the rescue center. Carlos (my cat) has lots of dog qualities, he begs, he fetches, and believe it or not he can even roll over. I wasn't a cat person before, but I totaly am now. And people who don't like cats at all tend to really like Carlos. Just make them think they are dogs.

Thanks! That's exactly what I need ... a cat that thinks he's a dog! I just always thought of them being so independant, and I'm a sucker for that die-hard doggie loyalty.

RE: the pound ... I have some time on my hands as of late, and was thinking about voluteering at the shelter. Problem would be, though, that I'd want to take a pet home everyday ... and that there aren't any "true" no-kill shelters here in Chicago. But my next pet (and the inevitable ones thereafter) will most certainly come from the pound.

I agree...when your a dog person its hard to cross over to the other side (there is a possible sense of betrayal if you do... ;) ) ...either cat's drool and dogs rule or dogs rule and cats drool...anyhow...i would either get a dog (shelter dogs are best) before school starts...or wait till after 1L...because you never know how your schedule will be. If you will be out all day and possibly nights...and the pooch is home by himself might make you sad. Just my .02cents

Food? People? Academics? Traffic? Where would prefer to live?

What is the SAT equivalent of 50%?  Did you notice a correlation between your SAT and LSAT?

Law School Applications / Re: Would anyone care to read my PS?
« on: March 06, 2005, 01:38:20 PM »
sure pm me.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: fellow worry worts! advice!
« on: February 28, 2005, 08:17:58 PM »
T bone it depends on where you want to go to law school and if you get admitted there this cycle. Sure, 170 significantly increases your chances...but the avergare of the two may not (this is assuming they don't take your higher score based on what you write in an addendum.)  If it were me I would like take the June lsat and see if I can do better, if not then cancel and attend the school I had already gained admissions to..this year! Inla

thanks by the way for explaining to me what you did post grad in the PM box. ;D 

not really.. here you go

Wait a second ... is this telling me that at UVa Blacks and Asians have a better shot at admission than whites and/or hispanics? So it really is plausible to suggest some form of AA for asians ...


This is from the Asian American Legal Defense Fund Website:

AALDEF Applauds Affirmative Action Decision

New York, NY — The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a New York-based civil rights organization, praised the United States Supreme Court decision on June 23rd in Grutter v. Bollinger, which upheld the race-conscious affirmative action policy of Michigan Law School. (read the decision)

"This decision is a great victory for civil rights," said AALDEF Executive Director Margaret Fung. "Although the Court rejected the particular program adopted by the University of Michigan in Gratz v. Bollinger, it recognized that affirmative action is an important tool to promote equal opportunity and racial diversity in higher education."

"One misconception about affirmative action is that Asians and South Asians are not under-represented in academic institutions, do not face discrimination and have no need for programs that take into account a wide range of factors that circumscribe opportunity," said Chandra Bhatnagar, AALDEF staff attorney and Director of the South Asian Workersą Project for Human Rights. He cited a recent national survey which found that 13% of Asian/South Asian females, 4.5 times the rate for white females, completed only an 8th grade education or less. In fact, Asians are underrepresented in numerous fields, such as history (2.2%), sociology (2.2%), English/literature (2.1%), philosophy (1.8%), education (1.6%), psychology (1.4%), political science (1.3%), and law (0.9%).

In addition, affirmative action programs greatly assist many Asian and South Asian families struggling to overcome discrimination. Immigrants and refugees from Southeast Asia have the lowest educational achievement levels of any immigrant group — two out of three Cambodian, Hmong and Laotian Americans do not complete high school.

Justice O'Connor, writing for a 5-4 majority in the Grutter case, affirmed that race was properly considered as one of many factors in the admissions process: "Student body diversity is a compelling state interest that can justify the use of race in university admissions." She continued, "In order to cultivate a set of leaders with legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry, it is necessary that the path to leadership be visibly open to talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity."

"Affirmative action not only benefits Asian Americans and other communities of color that have faced past discrimination — it benefits all Americans," said AALDEF executive director Fung. "The Court has reaffirmed our nation's commitment to securing diversity in higher education."

what is "eye sex" ??? i would not do anything i will regret...if this is your conscious know--it might be 10x worst after you "give in" do the right thing...

To answer the original question, I understand it's betterto say one's ethnicity than not to. I know a student who's now left Boalt but who was on the adcom, and who said that they preferred to have race and income fully filled in, even if it appeared the applicant is white and financially/socially privileged. According to her, at least this way the person was coming out with who they were and weren't hiding, which is seen as more suspect in her opinion.
I thought it was interesting at the time.

Hi londongirl returns....just curious you mentioned in an another post you took the lsat four times...isn't the max that you can take the lsat 3 times? thanks...

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