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Black Law Students / Today's Affirmative Action Case and Higher Education
« on: December 04, 2006, 04:10:22 PM »
Hello everyone.  I wanted to ask you all if you think today's Supreme Court case will have any implications for affirmative action at the college level.

Choosing the Right Law School / University of Pennsylvania
« on: September 22, 2006, 07:59:41 PM »
I was wondering if anyone here attends U Penn or visited there?  I have been researching schools lately and UPenn has really caught my interest.  It seems like its location is ideal, its student body seems rather diverse, and that's without mentioning its presitge and reputation.  Does anyone have an opinion about UPenn?

Black Law Students / Minorities at UPenn Law?
« on: September 21, 2006, 08:58:38 AM »
  I have been researching law schools lately and became very interested in Penn Law.  The class sizes seem small, its location seems excellent, it has a good reputation, and it appears to have a lot of diversity.  I was wondering if there is anyone out there with first hand experience who could tell me what the admissions process and schol life was like.

Black Law Students / 2006 Elections
« on: July 31, 2006, 09:39:37 AM »
With the 2006 general election less then one hundred days away:

What are some thoughts you all have? 

What will turn out be for the Black community? The US as a whole?

Do you all think Black Republican candidates in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania will make that much of a difference when it comes to Republican performance among Blacks?

What will happen with the Michigan ballot imitative to end affirmative action?

What are the hottest races?

Finally, do Republicans maintain control of the House and Senate or do the Democrats pick up one or both?

Feel free to add more

     Here are some telling numbers about legacy students and their acceptance to a few top universities across the nation.  At UPenn the overall acceptance rate is 21% the acceptance rate for legacy is 41%.  At Princeton the overall acceptance rate is 11%, the rate for legacy is 35%.  At Stanford the overall rate is 13% where as the legacy rate is 25%.  At Harvard the overall acceptance rate is 11% but the acceptance rate for legacy is 40%.  Why aren't people complaining about this?  Is it because the primary beneficiaries of this type of affirmative action are White?  I do not want to belive that is it but unfortunately I think that is the sad truth. 

     Since the late 1960s there has been a definite back lash against Blacks and Civil Rights.  Nixon's successful Southern Strategy demonized Black Americans and the "activist judges" who enforced Civil Rights legislation.  Since then the progress of the 1960s has been rolled back gradually.  Affirmative action has lasted 40 years but it has been badly battered and bruised.  It's attackers hide behind ideas of fairness and eqaulity, not realizing that AA leads to just that.  Before the implementation of AA Blacks made up less then 5% of the college population.  By 1990 that percentage swelled to 12%, the percentage they held in the general population.  The Black middle class continues to grow exponentially and Black representation in top professions is growing.  AA works, plain and simple.  With numbers out on the disparity between Black and White males, however, it is painfully clear that we still have some work to do.  I would like to reach out to White opponents out there and ask them to think critically about the policy.  It is not as prevelant as you think it is.  It doesn't make much difference in the admissions process.  It does NOT just benefit Blacks or Hispanics but those with different ideological perspectives, geographic backgrounds, legacy students, and many more.  Our country is diverse and our top professions should represent those different backgrounds, not just racially but other factors as well.  Race is truly A fact and not THE factor in admissions process and you should remember that before you attack it.  If you are going to attack it then at least be consistent: oppose AA for race, legacy, donation gifts, geographic differences, ideological differences, etc.

Studying for the LSAT / February LSAT...
« on: May 28, 2006, 08:00:05 AM »
I have heard several times that people who take the February LSAT are the least prepared, especially when compared to June test takers.  Doesn't it make more sense then to prepare for that test (if you are a 3rd year in college?  Wouldn't the curve (if it exists) be more generous? 

Studying for the LSAT / Help Me Please
« on: May 25, 2006, 05:45:46 PM »
So I just finished up my second year of college at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.  I know it's kind of early to start thinking about the LSAT but I need to know the best private tutors so I can save money accordingly.  I was looking at the Kaplan prices and they seem high.  I got a price quote for about $1900 which included two 3 hour in class sessions for a month and a half and 3 or 4 private tutoring hours.  Is this a good deal? ****Anyone have a list of commercial private tutors?***  I guess I should also ask if private tutoring is a better way to prep then a class?
Thank you for your help,

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