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Pepperdine / Re: Minorities = Tokens to Pepperdine
« on: April 20, 2007, 04:19:18 AM »
Malana, you know that Saxer said those things to me.  I sat there and balled my eyes out in front of you and a group of peole while telling you about it during the Spring semester at one of your meetings.  You saw how hurt I was over her statements.  I couldn't hold back the tears while telling you about it.  Myself and others have talked to you about everything that I said in my original post.

Galex, why would my posting affect my transfer applications?  Everything I said was true.

Oh, and I meant to mention something in my previous post.  When you're trying to figure out where you want to attend and you're talking to students and/or staff about sensitive topics, make sure that you ask them "off the record".  Trust me, the responses will differ depending on whether it is on the record or off the record.  Current students and Alumni of law schools want their school to look good in order to maintain their place in or advance in the rankings.  So be careful about the context in which you ask questions and receive answers.  Talking to people in person is best, in my opinion.

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Pepperdine / Re: Minorities = Tokens to Pepperdine
« on: April 19, 2007, 06:13:59 AM »
Pepperdine values minorities for their minority status.  As long as you can become their poster child to be used to recruit other minorities, you are gold.  Also, if you will start or lead a minority organization on campus, they will love you.  But do they really love you, or what you can do for the university?  Of course, if you ask the Assistant to the Dean of Recruitment and Retention, she will say that they love you.

Maybe I'm being unfair and all schools are like that...  But I doubt it.

I don't think that Dean Saxer meant any harm in her comment.  She said it with a strait face and I'm assuming didn't think that I would take offense to it.  I'm not trying to attack her personally.  Overall, she's probably a nice person.  That's just what she said.  Myself and other minority students didn't appreciate that she said it and it only made us hate life at Pepperdine even more.  It just felt like that statement embodied our experiences at Pepperdine.  I'm not speaking for all minorities at Pepperdine.

I think that the best advice that I have for minorities who are deciding on schools is for you to talk to current students at the schools you're thinking about.  But that's not all.  Make sure that you talk to people like you.  By that, I mean to talk to people who have similar ethnic and political backgrounds to yours (but make sure that they aren't being paid to talk to/recruit you).  I wish I had done that.  It wasn't until the first semester was well under way that I talked to 2Ls and 3Ls who could have warned me.  Being a law student is hard enough as it is already.  You don't want to attend a school that makes you feel like crap even when you're not bogged down with reading.  It will just make you depressed that you didn't go to another school.

Also, ask current students about access to information.  It's all about who you know or what group you are affiliated with.  (maybe that's every law school too, who knows)  Some people get access to information that will allow them to hit the ground running and others do not.  Don't take my word for it.  Ask around and you will see.

Pepperdine is for a certain type of student.  This female hispanic liberal is not one of them.


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Law School Applications / Re: Rejections from Law Schools
« on: April 15, 2007, 07:32:51 AM »
Try University of La Verne College of Law.  They just got accredidation.

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Pepperdine / Minorities = Tokens to Pepperdine
« on: April 15, 2007, 06:57:33 AM »
I attended Pepperdine for the 05-06 school year.  They had a meeting at the beginning of the year for minorities and told us "people like you don't usually do well at our school so we want to try to keep you out of the bottom fourth of the class."  Why don't they tell the minorities that they want to help them get into the top fourth of the class?  I told Dean Saxer that Pepperdine takes the wrong approach with their minority students.  She explained to me that minority students are well-sought-after and that Pepperdine has to lower its standards to let minorities in.  The group that I hung out with were all minorities who had been accepted to higher ranked schools and who had better credentials than the average admitted Pepperdine student.  They don't think highly of their minority students.

Also, Pepperdine distributes its minority students evenly among the sections.  How can that not make you feel like a token?

If you do chose to go to Pepperdine, you have an advantage if you are religious.  Make sure to go to all of the prayer meetings so that you get in good with the Professors.  Information is not made available to everyone.  You have to know the right people to get the information you need.  Daughters and sons of religious leaders are put on a pedestal so try to hang out with them to get the insider information. They will have files with really good student outlines for your section.  They will also have the syllabi before everyone else so that they can get ahead in the reading before classes begin.  Get your hands on those syllabi and buy your books early so that you can get ahead.

I chose to leave Pepperdine to teach for a couple of years.  Hopefully I will get into another law school for the 08-09 school year.  Good luck at Pepperdine!!!


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