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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 16, 2016, 04:32:35 PM »
...and I would add that it's, well, amusing that someone keeps finding the same topic "popcorn worthy" in this election (remember- he had the popcorn ready for the Benghazi hearing), while ignoring a pretty amazing election that includes, inter alia-

1. A party's prior nominee in open warfare against their current nominee. Seriously, how amazing is the Romney/Trump split (putting Utah ... UTAH!!!! in play).

2. A sitting GOP senator saying that the GOP nominee is too bigoted and racist to be President (??? that's from Kirk, today).

3. The first-ever female presidential nominee from one of the big-two parties.

4. Having both candidates have unfavorable ratings that have never been recorded (seriously- Clinton would have serious difficulties, but for Trump).

5. The continuing and open question as to whether the GOP will revolt prior to, or during, Cleveland.

6. The open question as to whether events (the economy-Brexit, a terror attack, etc.) could substantially upset the race and ... we could actually have a President Trump.

All of the above, and more. Yes, I agree completely.

It is an incredible election, and has exposed so many fractures within the system.

This is probably a somewhat predictable response, but this Trump phenomenon demonstrates how wrong the pundits and party leaders have been at reading the tea leaves. There has been a seething anger building for a long, long time, and I think it's too simplistic to just chalk it up to racism. That certainly is the animating force for some Trump voters, but there's something else going on. There's a strong desire to burn the SOB down, start over.

So here's my question:

Let's assume that HRC wins. If she beats Trump, who is anathema to so many voters, by only say, five points, does that mean that a less Trump-y type of anti-establishment candidate would have smoked her? I mean, when you look at Trump it's hard to believe that she's not ahead by 25 (which could happen, maybe).

Further, and more importantly, does that mean that the Democrats now have to find a way to deal with the fact that nearly half the electorate is willing to go for something radically different? I think it legitimately calls into question the assumption of a permanent Democratic majority based on future demographics.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 16, 2016, 08:04:51 AM »
Hey Maintain,

I told you that I will be voting for Bernie Sanders along with many Bernie supporters in November-- no matter what because to us supporting Hillary is a vote for Donald trump since she is being investigated by the cops.

Try to answer honestly, will you support Bernie sanders if Hillary has to drop out?????
I bet you can't answer the question.

Also, do you mean conspiracy theories like this one:

The investigation should go forward,” Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein told the Observer. “This is sort of typical Hillary Clinton; to do things that are not legal, to say that they are, and then try to cover them up. Hillary Clinton severely chastised other whistleblowers for using Internet channels that were not secure and yet she herself was doing that with private, high level state department information.”

A periodical

Ok, I'll play.

Yes, if HRC drops out and Sanders is the nominee I will vote for Sanders. Why? Because although I disagree with both Clinton and Sanders on many issues, I am capable of recognizing that they are both infinitely better options than Trump.

See Cinnamon? This is what big kids do. They make big kid decisions. They recognize the reality of the situation and make the best choice possible under the circumstances.

The fact that you would write-in for Sanders because you can't draw a distinction between Clinton (who you don't like) and Trump (who you should be scared of) says a lot about your ability to reason. Your decision is clearly driven by emotion, not logic.

BTW, the meeting between Sanders and Clinton the other day was essentially him dropping out.

Everything Loki said, with an emphasis on 2 and 4.

Here's the thing: the LSAT is such a huge factor in law school admissions that until you have an actual score (or at least a series of consistent practice scores) everything is speculation. GPA and LSAT determine just about everything. LORs, grade trends, etc are of minimal importance.

For now, focus on improving your score as much as possible. With a prep course or some kind of structured study regimen you can almost surely gain a few points. Even raising your score 3-5 points will give you many more options.

Lastly, research the state bar admission rules of the state in which you intend to practice. A misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances, could give you trouble beyond just law school admission. 

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 10, 2016, 10:24:44 AM »
Hey Cinnamon, remember when you said Sanders was "poised to win California"? That was funny.

The Bernie supporters (and I actually like Sanders more than HRC on a personal level, believe it or not) seem to ignore the fact that HRC got almost 4 million more votes than Sanders. Even if there were no such thing as super delegates, she'd win. The Sanders supporters and Trump supporters do have one thing in common: they are both prone to BS conspiracy theories. It's not rigged, there is no suppression, she simply got more votes because she's mainstream and Sanders is fringe.

At this point, the cake is baked. Sanders looks like a grumpy sore loser and his crowd sounds like a bunch of whiny children. He ran, he lost. Get over it. 

Law School Admissions / Re: PhD and law school
« on: June 10, 2016, 10:18:00 AM »
There are a lot of issues to address here, I'll try to be brief.

1) Dropping out a PhD program will probably not make much (if any) difference in applying to law school.

2) It's probably a bad idea anyway.

I assume that you went into a PhD program in order to go into academia. I can't imagine spending that much time and money in school just for $hits and giggles. I further assume that the academic lifestyle is appealing to you, since you clearly like being in school.

Take some time to find out what the practice of law is like, because it is nothing like academia.

No offense, but you do in fact sound like a "perpetual student". Someone who always thinks the grass is greener. The problem is that if you do go to law school you will likely end up having to practice law in order to pay off the debt. Trust me, after five minutes at a law firm that old dream of getting a PhD will start to look pretty damn good.

Of course, much of this also depends on what your PhD is in, and where it's from. In other words, a PhD in Engineering from MIT is a better bet than a PhD in Art History from Unknown State U. As you no doubt are aware, academic hiring is abysmal right now, thus a law degree could be a safer bet.

But if I were close to completing a PhD in a field which might actually get me a job, I'd finish.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 08, 2016, 10:22:49 AM »
Cinnamon, it's just too easy.

I said a while back that once Sanders officially lost you'd go from "Sanders is poised to win!" to "She'll be indicted!". Sure enough, on cue, you've pivoted to your next BS claims. You have been wrong literally every single time.

It's not going to the convention. Sanders will drop out soon.

Go cry in your popcorn. 

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 06, 2016, 09:36:32 PM »
You're voting for Trump. It's obvious.

Honestly, until you have an actual LSAT score everything is pure speculation. The LSAT is such a huge part of the application that it will totally overshadow stuff like LORs, internships, etc. I don't think you can really assume that you'll score 170 even if you're scoring 165 on practice exams.

That said, if you score 170ish, I would think that you'd have a good shot at many T14 schools. Maybe not HYS, but some others for sure. At this point, just focus on the LSAT.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 02, 2016, 10:40:06 AM »
So if it's Trump vs Clinton, who will you vote for?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: NYU Sticker v Duke$
« on: June 02, 2016, 09:08:48 AM »
First of all, these are both great schools and you can't really go wrong with either one. That said, I would be inclined to simply choose the cheaper option. NYC is insanely expensive, and you could very well go way over your predicted cost of attendance.

Both schools will give you a shot at Biglaw, although I assume that Duke is probably better if you want to live in the Southeast.

Aside from cost I would think about where you want to live for three years. NYC and Durham are very, very different places with totally different lifestyles. Also, NYU and Duke are pretty different places. NYU is very liberal, very PC, and Duke is more conservative (or at least more tolerant of conservative views). These are things to consider if you're going to spend three years somewhere.

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