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Affirmative Action / The End of Affirmative Action?
« on: October 09, 2012, 10:26:35 PM »
http://news.yahoo.com/supreme-court-hear-case-brought-white-student-claims-112510107.html

Supporters of affirmative action fear that the Supreme Court could curtail or further restrict the use of race-conscious admissions policies at public universities.

On Wednesday, all eyes will be on Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote is considered pivotal in the case brought by a white Texan who has sued the University of Texas at Austin, claiming that she was denied admission to the school in 2008 because of her race. Abigail Fisher, who has since graduated from Louisiana State University, said she was subject to unequal treatment in violation of the 14th Amendment.

"I was taught from the time I was a little girl that any kind of discrimination was wrong, and for an institution of higher learning to act this way makes no sense to me," Fisher said in an interview clip posted on the website of the Project on Fair Representation, a legal defense foundation that's providing her with legal representation.

On the other side are lawyers for the University of Texas, who argue that, like many other universities, UT seeks to assemble a class that is diverse in innumerable ways -- including race -- and that "race is just one of many characteristics that form the mosaic presented by an applicant's file."

More than 90 friend of the court briefs have been filed in the case, with the Obama administration weighing in favor of the university. Others, who support Fisher, argue that diversity can be achieved through race-neutral programs, and that race-preferential admissions policies can do more harm than good.


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General Board / Dumbest Things Heard In Court
« on: September 29, 2012, 12:26:29 AM »
What are some of the dumbest things you have heard while in court?

I was shadowing an attorney in court and had my mind blown when I head the following conversation go down between the Prosocution and a Defendant.

Pros: Sure the crime in question dosn't deserve much time, but we have reason to believe he did (radom unrelated accusations) and the court should punish him for those.

Def:(whose court appointed attorney was virtually asleep behind the wheel) "I'm not on trial for those things, nor do I them"

Pros: "Prove it!"

Def: "Burden of proof is on the state"

Pros: "Cite your sources"..................

............. ??? What kind of dumb MF ask someone to "cite their sources" on the state having the burden of proof?????WTF?!?!?

The judge ended up siding with the defendant but didn't exactly repremand the prosocution either though. He just rolled his eyes and when he saw me in the front rows with the "WTF?!?!" look on my face just kind of shrugged his shoulders as if to say "yeah this dumbfuck is the best we could afford on state salary, we're used to it".

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I didn't give this much though when I went to undergrad (and for most of us it's a moot point by now) but it still begs the question when thought about- Is the LSADAS culumaltive GPA standard fair, when applied the same way to all schools attended?

I don't think that it is. I say this for a few reasons. First, I (like many) attended an undergrad with a 4.0 grading scale. A 4.0 meant you got 100% on everything. Other schools have a 5.0 grading scale. You could do what got a 3.5 (ish) at the 4.0 school and still have ABOVE a 4.0 on their grading scale.  That alone seems unfair.

Plus obviously not all schools grade the same, most would say community college is easier. Most would also agree that blow off electives are easier than most required courses.

I think that the LSDAS shoudl adopt a standard where it calculates the GPA from schools that grade above a 4.0 (with whatever math that would work) to bring them down to what they would be at an actual 4.0 school before creating the cumulative GPA. That would seem fair.
It also would seem fair, to remove some electives from the GPA calculation. I  know that when applying to undergrad, a lot of the colleges told us that they did NOT factor in GYM and other simular blowoff classes into the GPA (and yes, there is college level gym)

Until this happens (don't hold your breath) would others agree that it would make sense to try to pick a 5.0 GPA school to go to undergrad at (and take as many blow off electives to get 5.0 in gym and the like) to artifically raise the GPA far above those applying for admissions from 4.0 schools? Wouldn't that seem like a logical choice to increase the odds of admissions and scholarships?

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3L job search / When start applying?
« on: September 28, 2012, 01:08:36 PM »
This is my last year in law school. I hear about people getting jobs lined up while in law school, but is two terms away too soon to start applying? Do they want people who are less than a term away to even be considered? Anyone have any actual experience with this, or know of anyone who has ?

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General Board / Addicted to Student Loans
« on: September 27, 2012, 06:21:45 PM »
Anyone else feel that after 8 years on student loans, having to live without them is scary as hell?

I don't even want a Masters or a PhD but am considering both just to keep living expences coming in and defer repayment. You only have to do the programs part time to get that, and you can normally do that on schedules that allow you to search for work (and god willing find it and start doing it) as well. In a poor job economy is this an idea that has entered anyone elses mind too?


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General Board / How early should you sign up for the Bar Exam?
« on: September 26, 2012, 08:03:16 PM »
How early should you sign up for the Bar Exam?

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