« on: April 03, 2004, 10:38:03 PM »
In response to you questions about GPA - I believe *some* schools do take into account your graduate GPA, especially if you have been out of college a while. This is probably not all schools but at least some. I say this because I was accepted to two law schools (CU and DU). My UGPA was so-so, but I held a very high graduate GPA. For CU, especially, my uGPA and LSAT were okay, but I think the graduate degree helped.
Now to present some of my disagreements with your theories (and these are just my thoughts :-):
"Most law students typically enter law school directly from undergraduate school."
I do not believe this is true at all. From most of my readings, the typical law school entering student is about 26-27. If you figure someone goes straight from high school to college, completes the degree in four years, they graduate college at 22ish. This leaves 4 years in between starting law school and graduating. While this is not true of every student, it seems to be from the law students I have met they did not go straight into law school. Personally, I have 4 years of work experience in between college and starting law school next fall making me the "typical" law student from what I have seen.
"The students I interviewed have taken courses where the class has to compete on a curve."
I am not sure where you went to graduate school, however where I went, some classes had curves, some didn't. Some classes were hard, some were easy. I believe this is the case in law school too. It all depends on your school, your teacher, the subject matter, etc.
"Law students are not required to carry a 3.0 in there programs typically."
I think this is misleading. From what I understand, it doesn't matter what your GPA is. It is all about class rank. Considering the "average" law student, especially at tier 1 schools, seems to be "above-average" (as in they had to both get a good GPA throughout school and a good LSAT), you are competing against highly qualified and highly motivated students. To be in the top of the class, you aren't going to be skating by on your good looks. Also, if you are going on scholarships, there are typically requirements for keeping them. If you are getting $20,000 a year in scholarships, you might not have to have a 3.0 to stay in the school, but for that much money you are definately going to try to keep a 3.0.
"Law students are not required to write and defend a thesis of a specific area of research as a part of graduation."
While you may not have to defend a thesis, you do have to write and research. Law review, working on journals, and working for firms during your second and third year are what get you a job after school. If all you do is take the minimum, unless your dad happens to be the president, you probably aren't going anywhere.
"In conclusion of my survey I think that there many students that end up reject by a variety of programs because of politics and in some cases political correctness."
This may be true in some schools. This all depends on the school I think though. Sometimes, though, just the opposite is true. If schools need a certain minority group, sex, or age, they might accept more blacks, women, older adults, etc. For state schools, someone might be rejected because they have a certain quota of in-state residents they have to take.
"I feel I can make a compelling case that law school is a "good ole boy network.""
I agree with this to a certain extent. I think, again, it depends on the school.
I am curious what schools you talked to?