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Black Law Students / Derrick Bell "Faces at the Bottom of the Well"
« on: July 20, 2006, 08:59:40 AM »
Hey guys,

One of the books that was recommended reading for incoming BC Law students this fall was Derrick Bell's "Faces at the Bottom of the Well".  I am in the middle of it right now, but his thesis has been churning around in my mind ever since I read it a few days ago.  I really want to hear what you guys think about this idea, because I found it very frustrating. Admittedly I have a bias because I am white and find the idea of white dominance disturbing.  Bell even states taht his proposition is easier to reject than refute.  I've spent most of my college/grad school career studying education policy and working in predominently minority communities and schools.  His thesis feels to me like a slap in the face of the work that I have done and would like to continue doing. 

Perhaps you feel differently -I am genuinely curious. 

His thesis:  "Black people will never gain full equality in this country.  Even those herculean efforst we hail as successful will produce no more than temporary 'peaks of progress', short-lived vicotries that slide into irrelevance as racial patterns adapt in ways that maintain white dominance.  This is a hard-to-accept fact that all history verifies.  We must acknowledge it, not as a sign of submission, but as an act of ultimate defiance"


General Off-Topic Board / Good book to read before law school
« on: July 18, 2006, 09:14:04 AM »
Hey everyone

I was in the bookstore a few weeks ago picking up the more interesting books on my school's recommended summer reading list, and I happened upon Sandra Day O'Connor's book "The Majesty of the Law.  Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice"  I've really enjoyed it.  It has some great history and information, it is really readable and fluid, and it made me excited to start school. 

For awhile everyone around here was looking for book recommendations, so I thought I'd throw this out there.   

Choosing the Right Law School / Cornell EA Reserve = Waitlisted
« on: March 23, 2006, 09:10:04 AM »
I called the admissions office this morning to ask them when I could expect to hear back because I was going to have to make a decision on other schools soon.  The woman I spoke with told me that they have extended all the offers of admission they are going to at the moment, and they are waiting to hear back from these students to see how many more people they can admit.  Then they are going to look at our applications and extend offers throughout the summer.  She said not to expect to hear anything until May at the earliest.

Sucks.  >:(

Hey all, I was just wondering if the handwritten note at the bottom of the acceptance letter was standard procedure wtih all the GWU (full or part time) acceptances?  I thought it was really nice. 

I've been investigating the differences between GWU and BC and I've come across one question I can't seem to readily answer:  How far do the degrees carry a graduate outside their regions?  For example, would I be able to go work in DC with a BC degree?  Conversely, how would a GW degree look in Boston?  Is there one that carries you farther than the other?  Or are their rankings close enough that it doesn't matter?  I would really appreciate hearing what anyone has to say about this. 

What did you guys decide to do?  Did you send in the post card?  Did you send in additional materials?  It seems like Cornell has started acceptances again...  This doesn't sound great for us. :-[

Law School Admissions / BU Starting?
« on: December 21, 2005, 10:38:11 AM »
Browsing on LSN and saw that 5 people have been accepted---3 or 4 of them updated today within the last few hours. 

Anyone on here got news?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / BC vs. W&M vs. Fordham
« on: December 14, 2005, 03:48:07 PM »
All three of these schools are ranked the same by US News.  They all seem to have decently strong programs.  What is the difference between them?  Ups and downs?  Is one better than the others? 

In other words...what's the deal?

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