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Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: December 19, 2008, 06:51:58 PM »
Meh.  The only problem I see is that she used only black children.  She should've mixed it up.
ITA!  Sometimes people are hypersensitive about the wrong stuff!

So call me hypersensitive but I do find it slightly more offensive than you guys seem to.  It was just in poor taste any way you look at it.  Are they going to be scarred for life?  Maybe not that serious but you know some kids will take anything and make even bigger in their minds causing a lower self esteem. 

I hear your point.  Just to be clear (b/c I don't think I was) -- I wasn't referring to you being hypersensitive.  I moreso meant the way people react to slavery in this country.  Fact is, most teachers don't even bother to really teach about slavery in a way that helps children fully understand the inhumanity of the institution.  Too often kids get a whitewashed version of slavery with a passing nod to Harriet Tubman and probably twice the time on Lincoln.  I appreciate a teacher that wants to help kids understand what that experience might really have been like.  (Of course, I think it's first the parent's job to do that, but I bet 1 out of 10 black parents don't even try to do this.)  Anywho, that's not to say that the teacher handled this 100% correctly.  Had I been in her position, I would have communicated clearly with parents about the goals of the lessons and the kinds of activities we'd do.  More importantly, I would have explained things clearly to the kids so that they could make an informed choice of whether to volunteer to participate or not.  But I definitely would not have required two black students to be the slaves.  That simply is not necessary for the success of the lesson and, in fact, it might have subtly undermined it.  ymmv

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: North Carolina Central
« on: December 16, 2008, 05:29:45 PM »
Go for it!  Maybe you too could be governor someday!  ;)

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This site is a Godsend!  The questions you've asked have likely been touched on before in many other threads, so you might just want to start by browsing some of those to glean from the years of collective wisdom.  I can sometimes be faster for people who want to help you out if you're posting in a thread about a particular subject rather than trying to type a response for each question in one thread.  Also, the Non-Traditional board tends to be a little "quieter" than the others so make sure you hop around the board and search for the answers you seek.  Good luck to you, and welcome aboard!

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Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: December 16, 2008, 05:20:21 PM »
I know there was an article about a teacher who divided her class into two different groups (I think randomly, but it may have been "light eyes" = slaves, "dark eyes" = owners) and went a whole day with all privileges going to one group, including who she believed when there was an issue. The kids are all grown up now, and many still remember it as a breakthrough moment for appreciating the racial history and current reality in America.
Growing up, my mom always used to tell me about seeing something like this that she saw on tv or in a movie.  I wish I could get a hold of it.


Meh.  The only problem I see is that she used only black children.  She should've mixed it up.
ITA!  Sometimes people are hypersensitive about the wrong stuff!

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Posted this on Top Law Schools, figured I would give here a try as well.

I'm a URM (black), 3.2 gpa from a top 10 school, 170 LSAT, interested in academia.

I was prepping around 174-175, and I'm considering a retake, wondering if it's worth it. I was sick for a large chunk of UG which put a big hit on my GPA (before and after the sickness I was in the 3.6/3.7s.) Will anyone will care about that?

Harvard's would be my top choice with everything else a distant second, if it was within reach at all. I honestly have no idea. I'm planning to apply next year so I'll have 2 years of unrelated work experience, if that matters.

Worth it to retake, and what are my chances?

No, don't retake (b/c you can't risk a dip).  You still have a shot with HLS, even though your GPA is a bit low.  Just make your application shine!  Good luck!

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Well Yale seemed more for people not wanting to go into practice. And I've also got the impression that I wouldn't get into Yale if I did not have a 3.9 UGPA (which I don't). I visited Duke Law one time when I was in the area and really liked the school and atmosphere. I actually thought of Duke as more of a safety because I DO want to be in a city....What is your impression of Yale Law?

Duke is a great school and you'd probably enjoy yourself there, but with your stats/background I do think you'd do better applying to Yale (or even Michigan) than Duke.

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How many points in either direction of the LSAT would you safely compare yourself to? With my 156 should I consider the record earned by a 158 or a 159?
No

...I know that due to my very unusual stats (165, 2.85 (as a single mom and 20 years ago, and within the window of serious grade inflation)...
I'm confused.  Do you mean serious grade deflation?  ???



No, grade inflation.  I graduated just as grades began to rapidly inflate, with curves at Bs and even As.  Most of my classes were curved to a C.




According to studies on grade inflation, GPAs have increased .15 per decade, so that my 2.85 is roughly equivalent to a 3.15-3.2 - not great, but above the dreaded 3.0.

Oh, I get it!  :P  It seems like you weren't "within" that window of grade inflation, but rather just before it.  Makes complete sense now! Thanks!

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How many points in either direction of the LSAT would you safely compare yourself to? With my 156 should I consider the record earned by a 158 or a 159?
No

...I know that due to my very unusual stats (165, 2.85 (as a single mom and 20 years ago, and within the window of serious grade inflation)...
I'm confused.  Do you mean serious grade deflation?  ???


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Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: November 21, 2008, 07:19:04 PM »
Four Found Guilty in Attempted Citizen's Arrest of Karl Rove
Amy Lorentzen
November 24, 2008

A jury on Friday returned guilty verdicts against four people who attempted to arrest former White House adviser Karl Rove during a fundraising appearance earlier this year in Iowa.

Found guilty of trespassing are retired Methodist minister Chet Guinn, two members of the social welfare group Des Moines Catholic Worker Community, Edward Bloomer and Mona Shaw, and former group member Kirk Brown.

The four were cited after attempting a citizen's arrest of Rove on July 25 at the Wakonda County Club in Des Moines, where he spoke at a Republican fundraiser. They were stopped at the country club's entry gate.

Shaw said she was disappointed by the verdict, especially since the judge instructed the jury that a citizen's arrest was justification for being on the grounds if jurors thought the defendants had reasonable cause to believe that there was someone there who had committed a felony.

"I'm surprised that there are six people in the United States who don't believe Karl Rove should be suspected of committing felonies," Shaw told The Associated Press after the verdict.

She said their attorney will file a motion to set aside the jury's verdict.

The chief of staff at Karl Rove & Company said the office would have no comment. Polk County attorney John Sarcone also didn't immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

In the citizens arrest complaint, the defendants accused Rove of felony murder, election fraud, conspiracy to commit offense or defraud the United States leading to the war in Iraq, as well as treason, sedition and subversive activities.

It said Rove submitted and promoted false information leading to the war, the illegal detainment and torture of prisoners and "other fraudulent acts leading to the deaths of more than 4,000 U.S. military personnel as well as approximately 300,000 Iraqi civilians."

Shaw said the defendants were each ordered to pay a $65 fine and court costs. She said Brown refused to pay the fine Friday and was taken to jail for a day.

Two of the four defendants -- Brown and Shaw -- attempted a similar arrest earlier in the year when Rove spoke at the University of Iowa.

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I haven't heard of any bibles but I will do my research. I have the games down pack but the reading comp and logic are not consistent. Are there anyones that you can recommend?
He's talking about Powerscore!  You need to get all three Bibles (Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning, and the new Reading Comprehension) and go through them all like it's your job! Check the LSAT section of this board for more info (and maybe even buy them used from someone up here to save money.)  If you end up buying them online, note that ordering them directly from Powerscore is cheaper than trying to get it new through Amazon.

Run, don't walk to get these books!!!  Then milk these books for everything they're worth until you know the stuff cold!!!  The LSAT is one of the most teachable tests you'll ever take, and I think Powerscore could raise your score at least 10 points with a few months of serious study.  It worked for me.


Also, being black and applying to schools that have a small black population (especially stetson), does that give me some leeway? If so how much? 
I think you should rather focus on having the strongest application you can - no matter whether the school has a large or small black population.  Sure, admissions committees will consider race as a factor in admissions (which I personally don't have a problem with seeing as how there's a "black tax" on living in this country and race is considered in every other sphere) but I think the strategy that serves you best in law school and beyond is this one -- Pursue excellence, and let the chips fall where they may.  :)

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