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Incoming 1Ls / Ex-cons in law school
« on: June 30, 2009, 11:00:22 PM »
I was watching the begining of "Judge Mathis" and in the opening scenes it says that he went from jail to judge in less than 10 years. Do you think that is true or just a show trying to inrease ratings? If so does anyone know what his conviction was for? It must have been a misdomenor or expunged since I doubt they let felons get licensed and become a judge.

I know that in Michigan(and I believe California too) that affirmative action was voted illegal. I remember a bunch of overweight black woman on the news protesting but the court of appeals denied it. They then tried to allow the schools themselves to on an indivigual basis allow white and male discrimination but were denied. Everytime the news asked a in shape black male or a woman in general they were either ok with the idea or at least not insane. I know that not all overweight black woman are crazy but why does the news and the movies (every movie with a large black woman ever made for example) make them out to be insane? Mabey I've just been in the woods too long but its hard to think of an entire group of people being that nuts.

Sorry got off topic there, anways has anyone heard of other states leaning towards the making it illegal too? Michigan has a lot of URM downstate and even they for the most part voted against it. Its time to move on, if you score a D grade you dont deserve an A just becuase you have a different sex organ and a natural tan. At least according to the voting polls.

Incoming 1Ls /
« on: June 28, 2009, 09:15:07 PM »
I've seen bills with that website on it to track it for awhile now. Isn't that defacing money? Isn't that a federal crime enforced by the secret service? If so why dont they get arrested for it? Also, how about those machines on Mackinaw island that turn pennies into belt buckles, yeah pennies are worth a lot less than bills but in theory isnt that a federal offense too? Just a thought in my old noodle is all. Any opinions on it? ???

Studying for the LSAT / giving birth during the LSAT exam.
« on: June 27, 2009, 03:40:15 AM »
I think this might count as an LSAT horor story for this section,

   On the night before the LSAT my wife started having what we assumed were false labor pains since she had them several times before. We still took her to the hospital and I stayed up all night with her(tried to sleep in the chair in the room but didnt do much good other than to rest my legs) the doc told me that it was looking like false labor again and that it was safe to go downstate for my exam at CMU e hours drive away from the hospital. So I went and of course have to turn off the cellphone.

I am still exusted taking the test since I worked a 12 hour shift the day before the test too before going to the hospital :P but somehow pulled a passing score(barely). As I left the building I turned on the cellphone which take a few minutes to load up all the way. Then I hear that buzz sound that means that I have voicemail. Literally a dozen voicemails from the wife, various family members telling me to hurry up and that she started to go into labor about 2 minutes after I had turned off my phone origionally to enter the LSAT testing area. :o (remember how many hours the test takes) I freak out and call back as I drive with everyone telling me that its too late and that I will miss it. I pass a cop doing 99/70. He pulls me over(obviously) and sees what must have been a look that he reconised in my eyes. He didnt even question my story and cut me some slack, still got a ticket but not the "reckless" ticket due to the high amount over the limit that I could have gotten.

I end up getting up north in time with about 20 minutes to spare before the little princess came out. You know how im movies they have to spank a kid to make them cry? Did you know that a baby can open its eyes and start screaming at the top of its lungs to get out when only the head is out, not even shoulders? I didnt think that was medically possible but I saw it with my own eyes. Little stinker couldn't wait even an extra minute to start trouble.  :-*   My wife had a few pain killers in her and actually assumed the kid was all the way out when she heard the screaming. She got mad when we tried telling her that only the head was out, when she didnt believe we all started laughing and she thought we were pulling a joke on her. The doctor finally had to explain it to her and she went back to pushing when told.

Needless to say quite the experience that day. Good thing that I was a truck driver at that point(and didnt loose my license due to the ticket) so that I was used to sleep loss and drama. To this day every time she gets a chance, my wife brings up how I almost missed it(in a loving kidding type of way) she understood that the phone had to be off, her mom and grandparents didnt even know that I was taking the test though and were in my grill about it for awhile. When I said "law school admission test" they assumed that I might as well have been blaming a UFO abduction.  ::)

Online Law Schools / UC Berkely online courses.
« on: June 26, 2009, 11:15:05 AM »
I noticed that US Berkely and other schools that have ABA law schools are doing online courses now. I know a lot of students who apply to law school dont think that online law students have as much of a chance at getting in to ABA schools, but if you degree was from the same school that you were apply to enter JD programs, then wouldnt they be cool with it being online since it was from them to begin with?

Online Law Schools / Why do some online lawschools require an LSAT?
« on: June 26, 2009, 11:10:50 AM »
I noticed that some(but not all) online law schools require that you sit the lsat. My issue with this is two fold.
1) Since only some require it then clearly it is not a state bar requirment.
2) If there is no minimal score(just taking it is required) then why bother with it at all?
Afterall if someone sat down with their name and left the rest blank and got a 120 that would be good enough for the online law schools that want you to sit it. So why do it at all if its not a licensing requirment and the score dosnt matter?

Studying for the LSAT / 120 on the LSAT
« on: June 25, 2009, 10:54:06 PM »
I know that you get 120 on the lsat for signing your name, so it is probally statisticly impossible to get that low unless you left every question blank. Heck even if you guessed or tried to fail you'd probally end up getting at least one right somehow. That being said, what is the lowest that anyone here has ever gotten themselves or heard of anyone else getting? Does anyone know if there is a record for worst lsat score taken?

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Fee waivers
« on: June 25, 2009, 12:26:27 PM »
Two of my friends that you taking the LSAT in september when I retake it are applying for fee waivers. Has anyone here gotten one themselves? Is it hard to get? Anyone here apply and get denied, if so why? Is there an appeals process if denied?

Incoming 1Ls / Private practice right out of law school?
« on: June 23, 2009, 10:51:02 PM »
I start law school in january and was wondering how many people start private practice right out of law school? I know that medical doctors have to intern under other doctors for awhile, but aren't lawyers exempt from that? Has anyone done it, if so what was it like? Do you feel that you make better pay that way or working for someone else?

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT score VS percentile
« on: June 23, 2009, 09:08:38 PM »
I think that it is odd how you can get the same LSAT score on different exam dates, but if you end up in a different percentile due to others taking it on that date, it impacts which schools will accept it? Why is that? Shouldn't the overall score prove more to a school than grading you on a curve?

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