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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Mid-Atlantic School of Law
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:12:43 PM »
Any law school that doesn't pick up the phone or respond to email should raise red flags.   

Yeah, many of the CBE and unaccredited schools in CA have very small numbers of people taking the bar. With such a small statistical sample it's difficult to draw any conclusions, positive or negative.


It appears that AHU had three first time bar takers for the July, 2013 bar exam, and one passer for a rate of 33%.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: July 2013 Bar Exam Results
« on: February 05, 2014, 01:41:36 AM »
Low pass rates by DL applicants may have to do with:

1.  Poor performance on the essay questions.
2.  lack of preparation time due to employment and other responsibilites.

As far as the essay questions, why is that? Do most DL programs use the basic IRAC format, or are many DL students simply coming in to the program with less college level writing?

As far as employment, many ABA part time programs have employed/married, etc students, but still have decent pass rates. Do you think this is due to the more stringent admission criteria?

If DL students were allowed to take some of the easier bars like South Dakota with a consistent 90% pass rate - we would see those pass rates at least double or tiple.

I completely agree. If we required ALL law students to take the FYLSE, and allowed DL to take more than California's crazy bar, we'd see fewer ABA lawyers and more DL lawyers as a result.

Acceptances / Re: Hamilton at CLS vs. SLS vs. HLS
« on: February 03, 2014, 12:19:13 AM »
Citylaw's post is comprehensive and excellent, so all I'll add is that with those options you can't go wrong. All three are excellent schools with huge reputations. That said, I've travelled quite a bit and I must say that Harvard has a certain, immediately recognizable prestige that is special. You can walk into a meeting in Cape Town, Rio, or Beijing and people will go "Damn, Harvard!"

Good luck and remember, even at elite schools your professors are just people and this is just their job. They don't know everything, and get a lot of stuff wrong! I had to occasionally remind myself of that during law school. 

Affirmative Action / Re: Time to End Merit Scholarships
« on: February 01, 2014, 12:15:18 AM »
It's becoming obvious what you are Maintain.

Ridiculously handsome and a snazzy dresser? Guilty, your honor!

Affirmative Action / Re: Time to End Merit Scholarships
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:40:27 PM »
Ah, the ad hominem, a logical fallacy. That's what people do when they can't support their argument.

Affirmative Action / Re: Time to End Merit Scholarships
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:29:02 PM »
Still skirting around answering the questions, still no evidence.

Affirmative Action / Re: Time to End Merit Scholarships
« on: January 31, 2014, 03:43:49 PM »
I understand your point, but you still haven't provided anything to back it up. There is nothing in that article that supports your claim. Yes, students with crappy numbers will not receive scholarships and will have to pay full tuition while students with great numbers won't. Shocking!

I'll ask again, although I know you won't answer:

Do you have ANY evidence that law schools have scrapped diversity scholarships, or that diversity is not considered when awarding merit scholarships? If not, then your argument is baseless and should be disregarded. 

Affirmative Action / Re: Time to End Merit Scholarships
« on: January 31, 2014, 03:42:44 AM »

Here's the evidence.
Take a look at LSN. An African American applicant, for example, with a 3.0-3.5/160-165 is likely to get a FULL scholarship to a prestigious Tier 1 school. I'll ask again, do you think the students reporting on LSN are lying?   

Whether it's called a minority scholarship, a diversity scholarship or a merit scholarship is irrelevant. The money is there for students who qualify, and URM applicants can qualify with even moderate numbers. If you're talking about applicants whose numbers are too low to qualify for scholarships being "racially exploited", you're wrong. Law school attendance is voluntary and competitive, and no one is guaranteed a scholarship.

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