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Choosing the Right Law School / Columbia 1L Happy to Answer Questions
« on: January 09, 2007, 03:48:04 PM »
I haven't posted since last summer, because law school is just so much fun. I'd be happy to share honest opinions about anything.

Studying for the LSAT / Why not require disclosure? Crazy Idea?
« on: July 31, 2006, 09:07:30 AM »
So a lot of people take classes or hire tutors to prepare for the LSAT, and a lot of people think this is unfair. Why not have a couple of questions about this that you have to answer when you take the test?

Ask people if they have taken a class to prepare for the LSAT, and also ask if they have hired a private tutor. If people are caught lying, make it a big deal, like the equivalent of cheating. This would make the whole thing transparent and give law schools more information that they can use to evaluate their applicants.

General Off-Topic Board / PKs in Soccer are stupid
« on: July 10, 2006, 03:45:59 AM »
I know I'm going to take some hear for this, but let's get real people. The sport has the potential to be great, but penalty kicks are no way to decide a championship.

The equivalent would be a baseball game where after 11 innings they decide to settle it with a home run derby. Or a football game where they try to settle a tie by having the quarterbacks compete by throwing the ball through a tire.

General Off-Topic Board / Best Law-Related Movies
« on: June 27, 2006, 04:50:38 AM »
I'm sure this thread has been done before, but I'm wondering what suggestions people have. My favorites (focusing on older/more obscure ones for now, although you're welcome to add anything):

The Caine Mutiny: This is only a law movie for the last third or so, but Bogart breaking down on the witness stand is unforgettable. I think this movie is better and more believable than the similar A Few Good Men, which is another must-watch movie about law and the military.

12 Angry Men: The greatest movie about jury duty not starring Pauly Shore.

A Dry White Season: Marlon Brando's last great role, as a British barrister fighting apartheid in South Africa.

Judgment at Nuremberg: This movie is so tied to the courtroom that it's amazing how moving it manages to be. Maybe the best Holocaust film ever made, as well as one of the best legal movies.

To Kill a Mockingbird: This has to be the top. I get goose bumps every time I see Atticus Finch walking out of that courtroom.

General Off-Topic Board / Distressing WSJ Article
« on: June 23, 2006, 05:24:21 AM »
If you're still on the fence about whether to go to law school, maybe this will scare you away:

Kind of an ominous article. It's weird how so many people warn you away from law school. Is there any other type of job/professional school that inspires this sort of "abandon all hope/ye who enter here" rhetoric?

General Off-Topic Board / Need a gift idea
« on: June 06, 2006, 12:09:45 PM »
My SO is leaving in a few days for a summer in India. I am trying to come up with a nice gift for her, and practical is best. (the usual gift ideas for women aren't the sort of thing she would travel with).

Anyone have a good idea?

General Off-Topic Board / What book changed your life?
« on: May 11, 2006, 04:08:03 AM »
From The LA Times:,0,2639137,full.story?coll=la-sunday-commentary

When Lisa Jardine and Annie Watkins asked hundreds of British female academics, teachers, writers, publishers and literature students what book had changed their lives, many respondents wondered whether there would be a male version of the survey as well. Jardine and Watkins complied: The results were fascinating in their own right, and more intriguing when juxtaposed with the findings for women. Not only did men and women find different books to be meaningful, but they approached reading in divergent ways.

 Men's Fiction Top Five
1. "The Outsider," Albert Camus
2. "Catcher in the Rye," J.D. Salinger
3. "Slaughterhouse Five," Kurt Vonnegut
4. (tie) "One Hundred Years of Solitude," Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"The Hobbit," J.R.R. Tolkien
5. "Catch-22," Joseph Heller

Women's Fiction Top Five
1. "Jane Eyre," Charlotte Bronte
2. "Wuthering Heights," Emily Bronte
3. "The Handmaid's Tale," Margaret Atwood
4. "Middlemarch," George Eliot
5. (tie) "Pride and Prejudice," Jane Austen
"Beloved," Toni Morrison

Other findings:
•  No male authors made the women's top five, and no female authors made the men's top five.
•  Only four books made both top 20 lists.
•  Six male authors broke the women's top 20, but only one book by a female author made the men's top 20: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.
•  Older men were more likely to cite female authors as influential.
•  Men were most likely to have read their formative books as adolescents.
•  Women were more likely to read books to cope with difficult times.
•  Men were more likely to cite particular authors as "mentors," particularly, among these British residents, George Orwell.
•  Women liked shared, hand-me-down books; men liked new books and hardbacks.
•  Women had a more diverse list of favorites — 400 women named 200 books.
•  Men answered the question of what book marked a watershed moment more reluctantly than women.

Red posted this article in the "What book are you currently reading?" thread, and I think it makes for an interesting topic. Is there a single book that changed your life, or had a particularly lasting influence on you? If so, why?

No fair listing more than one.

Politics and Law-Related News / Woo-hoo! We're Safe!
« on: April 24, 2006, 08:37:01 AM »
Breathe easier, everyone. You can't be fired for this.

Politics and Law-Related News / Great NyTimes Article
« on: April 24, 2006, 01:45:37 AM »
Hilarious here:

The money quote:

"Let the college's standing drop in publications that rank universities, he said, and "my value as a human being feels like it's dropping."

General Off-Topic Board / Race, Class, and Taxicab Drivers
« on: April 23, 2006, 04:13:22 PM »
I visited my girlfriend in New York over the weekend. She lives in Harlem on 116th Street between 7th (Adam Clayton Powell) and 8th (Frederick Douglass) Avenues, which is a majority black neighborhood. We had our second awful cab experience, which has left both of us really upset. Both of these have happened in the past few months:

1)   We get into the cab and give the driver the address. (We’re both white) He looks back at us and claims he doesn’t know where that is. This is clearly a lie, as anyone who’s spent two days in New York can figure out the grid system. No matter: we offer to direct him. Looking uncomfortable, he asks us if we can’t just get out and find another cab. Only after we refuse and argue with him does he agree to drive us there (oddly, he doesn’t need directions after all), but he spends the whole drive looking uncomfortable and starts muttering things under his breath once we get into Harlem.

2)   In pouring rain, the driver picks us up. After we give him the address, he says he can’t take us there because he’s on his way home. This would make sense if we had told him we wanted to go to Queens or something, but under the circumstances it’s ridiculous. I ask why he picked us up, and he looks me in the eye and says, “I thought you would be going to the Upper East Side.” Note: the Upper East Side is under ten minutes away from my girlfriend’s apartment, so his original “on my way home” excuse was clearly BS. We try to argue, but he absolutely refuses to comply and we finally get out to wait in the rain for another cab.

We’re both very upset, especially over this second incident in which we were clearly profiled. That driver almost certainly wouldn’t have stopped for us if we were a different skin color. It’s just hard to accept that people still think and operate this way, and I’m now depressed and angry. Are we ever going to get past this?

That’s my rant for the day.

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