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Studying for the LSAT / February LSAT...
« on: May 28, 2006, 08:00:05 AM »
I have heard several times that people who take the February LSAT are the least prepared, especially when compared to June test takers.  Doesn't it make more sense then to prepare for that test (if you are a 3rd year in college?  Wouldn't the curve (if it exists) be more generous? 

Studying for the LSAT / Help Me Please
« on: May 25, 2006, 05:45:46 PM »
So I just finished up my second year of college at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.  I know it's kind of early to start thinking about the LSAT but I need to know the best private tutors so I can save money accordingly.  I was looking at the Kaplan prices and they seem high.  I got a price quote for about $1900 which included two 3 hour in class sessions for a month and a half and 3 or 4 private tutoring hours.  Is this a good deal? ****Anyone have a list of commercial private tutors?***  I guess I should also ask if private tutoring is a better way to prep then a class?
Thank you for your help,

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: URM Status
« on: May 25, 2006, 08:18:41 AM »
You know you fail to recognize several things which is why people rarely have an informed debate over affirmative action.  First let me take you back a little over 40 years, yes 40 not all the way back to slavery.  Prior to Johnson's speech at Howard University in 1965 affirmative action was something that benefited all white males.  Iím not talking just about higher education but social security, health programs, veterans benefits, job benefits, getting a job and anything else the Southern delegation influenced (which was just about everything).  If you think that stuff has had no affect on our current situation you are clearly naive.  It is not a coincidence that the race that is disproportionately poorer, less educated, and unhealthy is the same race that was enslaved with the consent of the US government, had Black Codes issued to oppress them, had Jim Crow laws directed at them to maintain the "Southern way of life", had laws manipulated to exclude them from government programs, and are the victims of residential discrimination until this very day.
     Second, affirmative action and the desire for diversity IS NOT JUST A RACE ISSUE!  Geographic diversity is factor, gender is a factor, etc. etc.... You seem to imply that Whites from Tenn. don't get affirmative action at Yale or Harvard.  I am sure if you set in on an admissions committee's deliberations you would find yourself to be quite wrong.  Why?  Like you said not many people from Tenn.  are at those schools so when they seek to enhance their diversity they are thinking about "rednecks from Tennessee" as well.
    Third, racial diversity is an important factor.  In a few decades the United States will have a substantial minority population.  Some estimates state that Whites may only make up 50% of the population.  If you do not think it is a "compelling government interest" to see to it that 50% of the nation is represented adequately in professional careers, especially law, then I donít know what is.
     Finally, the people who are admitted are always judged to be qualified.  Everyone from the wealthy student whose parents donate millions to the school they are applying to, to the person at the top of their class, to the minority whose credentials are under constant scrutiny.  Remember grades and LSATs are not the only thing that determines the contribution someone has to offer.  Diversity is important and while we may be tempted to blame the emphasis on it to liberals to the likes of Hillary Clinton and LBJ remember it was the Southern delegation to Congress that made race an issue, not liberal northerners.

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