« on: October 19, 2004, 04:09:52 PM »
I have no idea why I am posting on this subject seeing that whatever I am about to say will creates enemies but why not....
The way I see it is AA is meant to be used to benefit those who grew up without an opportunity to excell based on factors outside of their influence (ie neighborhood, schooling, etc) In that case I believe that AA is great becuase it helps make up for some of those factors and people that really want to get out of that situation can by working hard. If someone grows up without much money they of course are not going to be able to afford a very expensive LSAT prep course.
On the other hand I believe that it overbenefits those minorities that have grown up in the upper middle class or upper class that has access to the same resources or more so than everyone else. So in that case I do not agree with AA because people like myself who have worked very hard and who have not had access to vast resources will often be overlooked if my credentials are the same as a minority applicant who has spent tons of time (which he/she has because they don't have to work) and money preparing for law school.
In conclusion people can say good and bad things and rationalize AA as being the best or worst thing for them but in the end there are plusses and minuses that will never be agreed upon by everyone.... so if you benefit from it that is great and if not....that sucks, no amount of complaining will help so deal.