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Fair enough, but it seems that you've given this advice with the assumption that my infraction hasn't categorically disqualified me from the law schools I've mentioned. That is important. I'm pretty confident that I'll nail the LSAT, but yeah I guess I shouldn't get ahead of myself. Thanks for the insight. I'll pose this question again after I've finished making quick work of the test.

Make sure to check your answers, though.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: YLS 2010
« on: April 01, 2007, 09:47:06 PM »
A) I did not get that email.  Dean Koh must see something special in you.

B) The Hotel Duncan is in a very nice location, very safe, and extremely close (2-3 mins) to the law school (it's on Chapel, near York).  Although it is not as physically close as the Marriott, it is a nicer walk, a better neighborhood, and you don't have to run through a bunch of traffic.

That said, it is a dump.  Not so gross that a reasonable person can't be happy there.  But still...a little gross.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Reparations?
« on: April 01, 2007, 12:04:09 AM »
absolutely. it is certainly more complicated. your analogy may be closer to the true situation.  i'm not necesarily suggesting reperations are a wonderful idea, either.  just a hypothetical for those (incl some posters in this thread) who view reperations as a crazy, extremist idea unworthy of serious contemplation.  i was trying to keep it simple.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Reparations?
« on: March 31, 2007, 07:25:00 PM »
For those who write off reparations as a ridiculous suggestion, how would you answer the following question:

In 1944, Congress passed a bill giving $100,000 to your grandmother as an award for being wonderful.  FDR vetoed it, but it passed over his veto because everyone loved your grandmother so much.  Then the local government officials in charge of paying your grandmother refused to do so.  FDR and later Truman, who were against the gift in the first place, didn't force them to do so.
Now, it's 2007
Does the government:

A) not owe your grandmother or her family any money?
B) owe your grandmother or her family money?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Reparations?
« on: March 31, 2007, 07:21:00 PM »
I'd like to get back to the original questions.  My answer to it is:

No, not in and of itself.  But it's part of the greater process by which the movement for reperations may be derailed, further marginalzied, etc.

I think one obstacle to the call for reperations is the rise of some percentage of the African-American population into the Upper-Middle Professional classes and especially into positions of mainstream political power.  The call for reperations (putting aside, for the moment, the debate over whether that call is just) is destablizing.  How could it not be? It is socially destablizing to whites because it makes them feel guilty and demands that they change the status quo.  If seriously considered or implemented, such a massive transfer of wealth would be economically and poltically destablizing (again, for the moment I won't address whether or not that is good).

The more African-Americans end up in positions of power (politics, the professions, the upper-middle class in general), the greater incentive some African-American leaders (now in main-stream, white-sanctioned positions of power) have to eschew such destablizing rehtoric/policy proposals.

When the status-quo is good to you, you're gonna be good to the status-quo.  Thus, the better things get for even a small portion of the African-American community, the less we'll see demands for reperations made by powerful black leaders on behalf of the entire community.

So, to answer the question, I think AA facilitates a process that leads the black community (as represented by its "mainstream" leaders) to stop calling for reperations.

Oh, and God bless Thaddeus Stevens.  That man was a wonderful American.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: YLS 2010
« on: March 28, 2007, 01:32:24 PM »
yeah, you can go really cheap if you live A)with other people and/or B)a 15-20 minute walk away.  I just saw a poster for a group of 3 or 4 grad students looking for a housemate with rent of like $350 a month.  It's definitely possible to go very cheap, especially if you are living in a house or 3 BR apartment.

There are also a few really good deals downtown, but they go fast.  My roommate and I pay $960 a month for a 2BR that is a 3 minute walk from the law school.  I can give you my landlord's info if you'd like, though i suspect the building is close to full for next year.

Craig's List should have some good leads, especially if you're willing to live with people you don't know.  Bottom line for me, housing is cheaper than in New York, Cambrdige/Boston, Bay Area etc.  You've just got to look a little harder to find the really good deals, which is obviously harder if you don't already live in New Haven.

EDIT: I'm an undergrad, not a current law student, just for clarification

Incoming 1Ls / Re: YLS 2010
« on: March 27, 2007, 12:14:04 AM »
I think the Eli is actually extremely nice and the bad reviews i've read are not reflective.  the management is great, amazing location, and it's very upscale.  my girlfriend has lived there for two years now.

very pricey, though. i couldn't afford it. 

Law students have full access to Beinecke, just like everybody else, so if you're hear you'll be able to read Barrie's private thoughts all day long.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Whats in a Name?
« on: March 22, 2007, 06:24:44 PM »
I would never want to live in NYC for an extended period of time, and I believe I will probably end up in D.C. (in large part because I love the city).

That said, I think NYC is an absolutely wonderful place to be in your 20s (assuming you're somewhat like the average law school student and not a non-trad).  The public transportation and incredible wealth of cultural activity eclipses D.C. and L.A. by a long shot.  It is very expensive, but the other areas you are talking about are also pricey, and you can make up some of the difference by not having a car (which is less convient in DC and near impossible in LA).  

I also am under the impression Columbia offers much better career opportunities no matter where in the class you graduate.  Obviously, GW and USC offer good opportunities too, I'm sure.  I think the difference is worth 150K for me, but only you know about you.

Just my two cents.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: YLS 2010
« on: March 19, 2007, 07:09:14 AM »
That's absolutely false.  For the Monday programs, they give you a meal voucher for the dining hall, and you eat with current students.  They might do something decent for dinner.  But for admit weekend, you get (among other things) pizza at Harold's house, dinner in New Haven with students and student groups, and free alcohol.

yeah, it was suggested to me that the monday dinner was of a higher quality.  obviously, i have no idea though.

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