« on: January 06, 2006, 04:37:41 PM »
I must disagree. What the law schools are looking for is passion and those who pursue those passions. For a number of do-gooder liberals, they believe that firsthand action and personally investing their time is the best way to bring about change. Some latte-sipping liberals would prefer to donate to moveon.org and pat themselves on the back for opposing the evil conservative Republican agenda. One trait that many law students and professors share is their belief that the current legal system is imperfect, whether due to their own personal experience because of the suffering of others. Especially due to the latter, liberals are drawn in disproportionate numbers to law, as they believe that their contribution will help change the world for the better. Conservatives also have their own notions of progress, but typically they include business growth and development, growing the pie instead of redistributing it.
To get back to your topic, several posters have pointed out that devotion to some cause, intellectual pursuit, activity, or other interest is tantamount. I wouldn't chalk it up to some set of standards designed to perpetuate intellectual conformity--law schools are liberal for more complicated reasons than that--you should consider what makes good prospective law students besides feeding starving children in Haiti. Those factors make them unique, but so would starting one's own business and donating its profits to conservative lobbying organizations. I got into Yale with so-so scores for them, and I only volunteered for a semester, as I avoided writing a 15 page paper instead and thought it might be interesting. But I did follow my two passions, music and economics, as far as they could take me. I'm a heartless libertarian, and I didn't get the shaft...yet.