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My Firefox profile got deleted and I need to find a website I had bookmarked. I'm sure some of you have seen it. I don't remember what it's called, but you can search a database of law employers, with job postings, including firms, government, and public interest. You can use the search function to see both which schools a particular employer recruits at and which employers recruit at a particular law school. Does anyone have this? Please?!

Hi, everyone. Has anyone who applied to the public interest program at UCLA been rejected yet?

Alright. Loyola (CA) = regional. USD = national. Why? Does anyone know the criteria this magazine uses to determine whether a school is regional or national? I used to think it had to do with the percentage of grads who stayed in-state after graduation. But that makes less sense to me now. So how does US News figure this out and how useful is this categorization? 

According to an associate dean of something-or-other I spoke to today. Then, knowing that I knew that she knew my admission decision, she told me I could appeal starting May 1.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / My first bona fide ding
« on: March 21, 2005, 12:10:34 PM »
Washington & Lee, dated 3-17. "The admissions committee was faced with a number of very difficult choices, and we were unable to offer admission to many good applicants." But they didn't say I was one of them!

Anyone else go to decision Sunday at Hastings? Man.... I just want this entire process to be over with.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Wisconsin
« on: March 18, 2005, 11:50:34 PM »
I thought I was in... so sad...

Incoming 1Ls / Now that IP is passť
« on: March 10, 2005, 09:18:37 PM »
What is the next big market or desirable specialty for lawyers, given that the current interest in IP will lead to a glut in that field?

Incoming 1Ls / W&M Apps up 26%
« on: March 10, 2005, 02:57:00 PM »

Incoming 1Ls / GULC phone call not exactly encouraging
« on: March 04, 2005, 01:54:17 PM »
Well. I applied to the part-time program. LSAC file was sent like 2 months ago. Online status check has been at "applied" ever since. So I sent an e-mail a couple of weeks ago. No response. I sent another one a couple of days ago because I can't find the admissions office phone #. No response. So I finally called another office at GULC and got transferred to the very helpful Katrina.

Apparently I shouldn't have paid the application fee and sent a fee waiver request at the same time. It bungled up the system. Even though they told me a long time ago that they couldn't refund a fee once it was paid, my file was apparently waiting for fee waiver approval.

Good news: My file is now correctly classified as complete.

Bad news: The delay may cost me, and I'm already at the very margin of possible acceptance.

Affirmative action study met with controversy

(U-WIRE) BERKELEY, Calif. - A recent study that found affirmative action hurts black students' performance in law school has stirred up controversy among faculty and students at law schools across the nation.

The report, published in the Stanford Law Review in December, revealed that many black students are unable to perform well at top-ranking law schools because they were admitted because of racial preference.

"Student expectations can backfire when they are too high," said Richard Sander, a University of California at Los Angeles professor who wrote the study. "Students who were in by affirmative action were not prepared for exams - law professors move at a faster pace at the elite schools."

Sander's report reveals that the average black student's LSAT score was 130 to 170 points below the average score of a white student's. According to his report, 52 percent of black law students have grades in the lowest 10th percentile after finishing their first year, while 8 percent rank in the top half.

But critics of the study slam Sander and his findings for leaving out other factors that could explain why black law students are performing below par.

University of California-Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu, who published a rebuttal to Sander's report in the California Bar Journal this month, said there is no direct correlation in the gap between law school entrance eligibility and law school grades.

"Entering credentials is not attributable to affirmative action," Liu said. "Blacks would still be at the bottom and not the top even if there is no affirmative action. The study is missing an important statistical step that has nothing to do with affirmative action."

Sander said his findings show black students would get better GPAs if they applied to less prestigious schools. Employers are now hiring more black lawyers, regardless of where they went to school, he said

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