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Jolting this thread back to life...

I was admitted off the waitlist to the pt program yesterday via phone call from Anne Richard. I know people are saying GW is only looking to up their LSAT numbers, but I got in with a 162/3.8 so keep your chins up. Good luck to you guys still waiting!

Well, my great-great-grandparents were locked into a cycle of poverty in the mines of appalachia due to the predatory practices of the mine companies of the 1920s.  Check out the Matewan Massacre and the events surrounding it - there are plenty of people who are white and not wealthy due to no fault of their own.  My family has worked hard to get where we are today, with me becoming the first member of my family to graduate college this May, and I think that what you have said is a rather far-reaching statement...


I guess I'm a legacy at UT too. My dad went there. It didn't help my brother get in. He had a 162/3.67 in 2001. No luck. He went to SMU.

I hope your luck is better. I'd like to see you at UT in the fall.

Ya I'm not holding my breath, but thanks! How long after your file went complete at UT did you hear back?

I would be happy to end up at SMU as well. Congrats on your scholarship package to SMU! That is awesome! What are your thoughts now on your decision?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: GMU and ABA badgering
« on: February 23, 2009, 06:28:39 PM »
Well, as for diversity of opinion, most law schools are more on the extreme liberal side of things - isn't it possible that GMU is a form of diversity in and of itself? 

I have been thinking the exact same thing since I first heard about GMU and it's libertarian bent. GMU is one of the top schools on my list, and their law and economics approach seems to be pretty unique. How many other law schools can boast nobel laureates as faculty members?

I think that an ECON approach in a lot of peoples eyes automatically connotes conservatism. I am looking forward to visiting for sure.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: GMU and ABA badgering
« on: February 23, 2009, 05:14:17 PM »
Sorry about the broken link! I updated the post and it should work well.

I feel that with regards to "diversity" (in the AA sense), GMU has done all that it can, but the ABA doesn't agree. I think I misread your =/= not diverse to say =/= diverse. Sorry!

I really wonder how conservative GMU is, and how much this thinking permeates the teaching. I don't feel there is much a school can do to increase the diversity of viewpoints in the student body. How many students really reveal their views in a PS?

That being said, this board is probably a little biased, as I've read countless threads lauding the "diversity" of opinions at Boalt, but I have a hard time believing it's that intellectually diverse... and John Woo seems like a transparent token conservative hire

I'm gonna say you are definitely in at Baylor. Probably at SMU too. I know people with much lower numbers that have gotten into both. Texas, unfortunately, is probably a long shot. The people I know that got in there with your numbers are all URM.

Those are the 3 schools I applied to. I don't really know about the rest.

Oh ya, Texas, UVA, and GULC are all LONG shots. I am a legacy at UT, but I doubt that matters at all. Thanks for the input! You're on my watchlist on LSN, so good luck with the scholarships at SMU!

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: GMU and ABA badgering
« on: February 23, 2009, 03:25:29 PM »
Conservative =/= not diverse. 

Did you read the piece?
Have you visited GMU?
- I have heard such varying accounts of experiences visiting GMU/American that I will withhold judgment until I visit them for myself

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / GMU and ABA badgering
« on: February 22, 2009, 04:56:37 PM »
With regard to ethnic diversity, George Mason University has an interesting past. There was a WSJ op-ed written about this in April '08: .It seems like with the student body composed of ~20% URM students there would also be diversity of viewpoints, but I have definitely heard otherwise (people are always talking about how overly conservative GMU is).

Please read the op-ed and respond with your thoughts! I think there are strong arguments to be made advocating and criticizing AA, but the ABA's behavior represents a trend that is much scarier than an institution adhering to any sort of AA doctrine. Let me know what you think!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn or Washington & Lee
« on: February 22, 2009, 04:50:46 PM »
Wanna work in NY? Pick Brooklyn. Otherwise, go for W & L. 

Word. But as soundsgood mentioned earlier, W&L places well in NYC. IF Brooklyn won't match the offer, it would be a pretty tough choice. Did you apply to Cardozo?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WUSTL v. BU v. W & L v. GW
« on: February 22, 2009, 04:46:46 PM »
I agree with soundsgood. All of these are good schools, so I would think region should be a deciding factor. If you want to practice in New England for instance, BU would serve you much better than WUSTL (probably better than W&L and GW too).

W&L does pretty well with clerkships too, so I disagree with Contract2008. If you feel more at home at W&L, why not go there? Clerkships are super-competitive anyway, so being comfortable in your environment might enable you to rise to the top of your class, which is definitely necessary for a clerkship.

That being said, I am pending at all of these schools, so when you do decide, please withdraw your others soon! Haha good luck though!

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