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isnt the lsat only good for 4 or 5 years? in that case, would the ones from 5 years ago even be reported? this might be worth a phone call to LSDAS.

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cant a tests susceptibility to practice also be looked at as a positive? the lsat score can indicate a student's natural analytic abilities (clearly a positive in law school) and/or a students determination, study habits, etc... (also positives in law school). while a low lsat score does not preclude the presence of one (or all) of these traits, having a high lsat score certainly is a strong (though not infallible) indicator of these.



Now your losing the plot. The test doesnt do any of those things at all and is a horrible indicator of future success either as a lawyer or law student. The problem is that an aptitude test that is so heavily influenced by practice is no longer an aptitude test but rather a test of how good you are at taking the test. A good aptitude test would not be affected by this and would be more indicative of students actual aptitude (assuming you can design such a test that does that which even LSAC havent done).



so perhaps the tests designation as an aptitude test is improper, that does not, however, mean that the lsat's role in law school admissions is improper. for the sake of argument, lets assume the lsat fails 100% as an aptitude test; the test must test SOMETHING! for some, it will test their natural ability to take the lsat. for most, though, it will test their preparidness for that test. now THIS is something worth testing! an exam that tests peoples motivation and sustained committment to a goal is certainly relevant to an admissions committee. clearly it is an imperfect tool for judging somenes fitness to enter law school. but that is why there is the personal statement, letters of reccomendation, college and graduate transcripts, resume, etc...

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cant a tests susceptibility to practice also be looked at as a positive? the lsat score can indicate a student's natural analytic abilities (clearly a positive in law school) and/or a students determination, study habits, etc... (also positives in law school). while a low lsat score does not preclude the presence of one (or all) of these traits, having a high lsat score certainly is a strong (though not infallible) indicator of these.


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the problem that i have with AA is that is presumes that just because a person has a different color of skin than i do, they have been disadvantaged, in some degree, during their lifetime. i find it hard to believe that (for example) bill cosby's children had a more difficult childhood than a white kid who grew up in, say, south boston (see: good will hunting). moreover, this qualitative analysis of the difficulty of someones life is completely subjective.  for example, what about the case of two white kids? if child-X grew up with an abusive, alcoholic parent and child-Y had an idyllic childhood, should the child-X be considered "disadvantaged" relative to the child-Y? what if child-X's parents werent abusive, they just werent as good parents as child-Y's were? Should X still be considered disadvantaged? how do we measure the degree of someones difficulty in life?

i'd argue that we cant. i of course agree that some people (often minorities) are the victims of unfair, unjust circumstances. but i think that this is almost always directly correlated to that persons financial situation. as i see it, the only fair (and non-racist) way to approach this situation from an admissions point of view is to give financially disadvantaged people a (small) leg up on the competition. this would have the effect of benefiting lower class minorities while excluding minorities of privilege (like cosby's kids).
 

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptop for law school
« on: July 27, 2004, 07:46:52 PM »
i know that everyone is about to have huge bills, but I wanted to pass along a link for anyone in the market for a new laptop in law school.  i just got mine for a really good price and its wireless ready and everything you will need in law school (except you might need to get an external floppy if your school requires it).

here is the link:  http://www.pcmall.com/pcmall/shop/detail.asp?dpno=300314

later  ;D

dude... 256 megs of ram is pretty craptastic. get 512, minimum.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Law School Poll
« on: July 22, 2004, 11:27:53 PM »
Still, Stanford's got the weather...

see, i never got that whole "great weather" thing... i figure if im going to be locked in the library for the next 3 years, id rather be in the worst place possible... like give me a ghetto in the middle of antarctica surrounded by fat, hairy men.  at least that way there is nothing better to do than study.

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If these Ranks have such a problem with America, they should move to the USSR!

If you have such a problem with the Ranks, maybe you should move to the USSR! :)

note: yes, i realize that the USSR doesnt exist anymore... thanks for not pointing that out.

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ok... so i guess the reason why the charges were dismissed was because the rally was on the statehouse lawn... and since you cant trespass on the statehouse lawn during a public event...

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last i heard about this case, the charges were dismissed by the DA

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Our Constitution
« on: July 20, 2004, 08:41:16 AM »
I guess it bothers me when a judge draws an arbitrary line and says "before this point it is most certainly not human and can be aborted, but after this point it is a human and cannot be aborted."  So in drawing that line, I'd err on the side of safety.  Incidentally, since I don't think that "conception" is the magic word, I'm in favor of the so-called morning-after pill...

but ZAP, if you are in favor of the morning after pill, arent you still drawing an "arbitrary" line (just like the judge)?... you are just doing it at an earlier stage in development.

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