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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sept. '09 LSAT DONE...FIRST POST!
« on: September 29, 2009, 10:19:43 PM »
Expect the scores at least the Friday prior, if not earlier.

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General Board / Re: Psychiatric Disability Right in Law School
« on: September 29, 2009, 02:32:26 AM »
You all want to know, I'll tell you.  I have ADD and Bipolar II. I was diagnosed with ADD at 12 and Bipolar II at 19.  I know what you all are thinking.  Youíre thinking Iím stupid, unintelligent, insane, and incapable of leading a full life.  Guess again! I am smart and intelligent, and perfectly sane. I am a straight A student, who is a Phi Theta Kappa member.  I do the same work and take the same tests, as everyone else in my class.    I go to college full time.  Live on my own, and I am planning on getting an academic scholarship to a school I want to transfer to.  I plan to go into public interest law, doing civil rights and litigation work.  One of my areas will be disability rights, and I will make sure that one no disabled person has their rights denied, especially people with psychiatric disabilities. Nothing and no one will keep me from being an attorney.  If anyone tries to deny me my civil rights, I will sue the pants off of them. 

On a personal note, I can tell you that there is nothing worse than being sick, alone and scared and having people ridicule and stigmatize you for it.  No one deserves that type of treatment. 

I find it really sad that people in this day and age continue to stigmatize people with psychiatric disabilities and deny them their civil rights.  They think we're lazy, weak, insane, stupid, violent, etc.  However, people with psychiatric disabilities are just as capable and competent as anyone else.  They have an illness, just like any other.  Like asthma or diabetes.  To treat people with psychiatric disabilities this way, is the same as discriminating against someone because of their race, gender, and sexual orientation.  You wouldn't make fun of someone with cancer, you wouldn't deny someone with cancer disability accommodations if need be.  Then why do the same to someone with a psychiatric disability. 

I also find it really sad that people in this day and age, can't see people with psychiatric disabilities for the gifts and abilities they have. Abraham Lincoln suffered from depression.  He was a lawyer and the president of the United States.  If Lincoln were alive today, and he was a student and had depression, who you deny him his civil rights and a chance to succeed in school? If someone did, they would have never have known one of the greatest presidents who ever lived.

The rehabilitation act of 1973, section 504, grants student with psychiatric disabilities the right to their civil rights and academic accommodations.  However, higher education institutions continually ignore the laws regarding student with psychiatric disabilities and itís a disgrace.  Not to mention that suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, and the age for most mental illnesses are in ones late teens and twenties.   Even with this information, higher education institutions still do nothing to address the problem.  Still colleges continue to do nothing about it.  Student insurance doesnít even cover mental health parity, and there is a lack of awareness on campus.  This is all a result of ignorance and bigotry. 

Itís time for people to get a clue about mental illnesses and stop the bigotry. >:(


breathe. in. out.

and then realize you're the only one creating a stigma here. also, you are not the only one here with bipolar and add. you cannot use it as a crutch. you want to live a life to your fullest capability? then don't give reason to doubt you. you must win your challenges on your own merits, not on your hinderances and what you "deserve".

That said, please consider the type of law you want to practice. Passion is one thing. Vengeance will not win you any cases...or clients.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sept. '09 LSAT DONE...FIRST POST!
« on: September 27, 2009, 12:39:01 AM »
Diggz - I sent you a PM.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sept. '09 LSAT DONE...FIRST POST!
« on: September 26, 2009, 10:29:13 PM »
Would anyone PM me with answers to:

bears *and* the maximum number of classes?

These two are really bugging me. Thx much!  ;D

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 1 Day until September Test Day! Relax!
« on: September 25, 2009, 07:30:55 PM »
I woke up at 4:30 this morning, ran 6 miles, ran a few errands, prepared my ziploc bag, downloaded a new playlist for tomorrow's run, and just finished/found my "zen" for the day with sushi and Legally Blonde.

I'm about to make sure I have directions to the testing center, try to stay awake for another hour or two and then call it a day around 6:30 or 7.

Good luck everyone! Hope those of you who are sick wake up with a little energy. I think whatever I fought off turned into a sinus infection...which is at the very least manageable.

The rest of you - sleep well :)

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General Board / Re: Psychiatric Disability Right in Law School
« on: September 25, 2009, 02:40:36 PM »
Why would someone with bipolar depression need extra time for tests and assignments? That's an emotional disability, not learning, like ADD or Dyslexia.

I can understand how a "breakdown" may impact the need for extra time on assignments on an as-needed basis, but I believe to request consistent additional time may be using the disability to your advantage when that disability does not require extra time.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 2 Days until September Test Day!
« on: September 24, 2009, 05:42:04 PM »
good luck to you too! just gotta do the best you can, you've got the ability (if you've hit high 160s, you're capable of it). calm those nerves, you'll do awesome!

in other news, I seem to have conquered my little flu bug. slept 14 (!!) hours last night and have my energy level back. thank god. and thank goodness for orange juice, too.

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2 things:

"worth" is a value dependent on the applicant not only their independent aspirations but on their regional needs

how the heck do you know what a school will or won't do?

edited to add: attrition rates are indicative of the school they drop out came from, not the new school. unrelated.

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Prove me wrong?  Some low ranked tier 1 is not a good school, so before you go shooting off somewhere ranked like 43, don't waste your time.

I don't really know what your argument is. First you say a school won't take a former drop out, now you're saying you shouldn't go to school with a high attrition rate. How are those related again....?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 3 Days until September Test Day!
« on: September 24, 2009, 12:26:28 AM »
Thanks. I have a good feeling about Saturday, I just need some rest...and more OJ.

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