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Seriously, can we every say that America is racist if we have a Black President in Office? Won't that essentially give all of the "non-believers" even more reason NOT TO BELIEVE in racism?

As soon as someone starts talkin' about racism and discrimiantion in the country, the first word outta everybody's mouth will be "Obama"

Or am I just paranoid?

Black Law Students / Son, I can't roll with Obama runnin' for President.
« on: October 23, 2006, 08:58:12 AM »
I'm sure he's a great guy, but I think it would be a travesty for him to run. Simply put, the man ain't got no expereince. Peer pressure is a mutha . . . The man ain't got no experience runnin' a country, city, state, *&^%, he ain't even ran a bake sale!

Hillary is probably more qualified than Obama. But we gonna vote for Obama just b/c he's black and he's a Democrat. Let Rice or Powell run, and n-word would be talkin' about them like a dog!

I think Obama should hold ff and run in 2012, AFTER he has some experience.

From his own lips:

"Until now, Mr. Obama and his associates have said that he would put off any run for the White House until after he had gained the experience in government that comes from six years in Washington. As it is, they said, if he ran for president he would have to overcome the questions about whether someone who had served just two years in the Senate, was 45 years old and had no experience in foreign policy was qualified to serve in the White House."

Black Law Students / My Lunch with Clarence Thomas
« on: October 19, 2006, 02:52:54 PM »
Justice Thomas came to my Law school today to have lunch with our Black Law Student Association.

The man is pretty cool and down to earth. Talkin' to him was like talkin' to one of ya older uncles. He was real laid back.

Naturally, folx started talkin' about Affirmative Action and his previous rulings and he pretty much didn't waiver or tippy-toe, he pretty much stated,

"I'm too old to be carin' what folx think about me. You have to be true to who you are and be honest. Don't do whatever is popular if you don't agree."

Funniest thing he said had to be one of his responses to the current state of black folx

Girl: What do you think we should do about the current situation we're in?
Thomas: "Marvin Gaye made an album in '71, called, "What's going on" Go download it, it's pretty good."

I better understand his political beliefs, I may not agree completely, but at least I can better understand and respect the man.

Black Law Students / Gettin' kicked outta class
« on: October 10, 2006, 07:24:22 PM »
Man. . . this guy in class got kicked outta class today.


Basically the Professor had called on him to go over the case. He said that he had forgotten his book at home. So the Prof. cut him some slack and didn't say anything, cuz he said that he could keep going.

30. . .akward. . and silent seconds later. . .

Him: I'm sorry for holdin' up the class. . . I'm not ready today
Her: Mr. XYZ, I'm gonna have to ask you to leave.
Class: *crickets-crickets*

Part of me feels sad for him, but then a LARGER part of me thinks, "Dawg, yer a grown-ass 22-24 year old Man. You should know better than to come to class unprepared. You lucky that all the Prof. can do is kick you outta CLASS and not fire you or something"

I swear I'm back in High School.

Black Law Students / I WON! I WON!
« on: October 09, 2006, 09:30:25 AM »
Last friday, me and my team won the Mock Trial Competition here at UGA. It took a month of late-night practices, but we got the job done and took home the title!

Now I get to put on my resume that in my 1L year, I was on a Championship Team for Trial Advocacy.

Next Stop:   The Closing Argument Competition.

Black Law Students / As I lay dying. . .or typing. . .or both!
« on: September 30, 2006, 11:52:07 AM »
I'm currenlty stuck in my school library being forced to submit to a viscious hazing process known as, "Legal Research & Writing"

As 1L's we've been forced to endure a grueling test of will and endurance by having to find various citations and cases in the library's Digest and Court Reporters.

I can honestly say, without a hint of confusion, that I hate West Law Group, I hate the person whoever thought it would be a great idea to event the "Key Number" system, and I hope all bad things happen to them and only them.

"I'm gettin' to old for this *&^%" Sgt. Murtaugh

Black Law Students / I need help on my legal memo
« on: September 23, 2006, 02:00:41 PM »
Ok, one of the requirements is that there can be no more than 11 characters per inch. Do any of ya'll know how to alter the "characters per inch" settings on MS Word?


Alot of young cats on here (myself included) have two things in abundance.

1. Questions about Law School
2. Assumptions about what Law School is gonna be like.

Now that I've survived 1.5 weeks of having my intellectual ass kicked by 6 different Professors, I can talk about some of my own foley's and hope that others will learn from my more arrogant assumptions.

1. I'm gonna be ahead of the game by getting a list of the books/cases and reading early.
- Don't do it to yourself kid. I didn't do any of that and I'm GLAD! Cuz I would've confused the @#!* outta myself. The thing that I'm learning about LS is that the Professors are in C O M P L E T E control of all that you see and hear, they control the vertical and horizontal, they can dillude you with a thousand hypotheticals or expand one to crystal clarity.

Even if you were to get hip to the game and read Pennoyer v. Neff (::shudders::) and log onto LexisNexis or WestLaw or even asking a Lawyer about the case, it is not going to do you anything becuase the Professor with PURPOSELY take an entire week to discuss the case because there is a significant point that he wants to get out of the case. He doesn't care about HOW the Court ruled the way they did, he is interested in the CONCEPTS that the Court discussed and whhy they discussed them. Yer in the Matrix Neo, just take the pill and follow Morpheus, don't try to fight Agent Smith's on your firsrt day.

2. I'll stay ahead of the game by reading AHEAD of the assigned reading.
- Hang that dream up right now kid. If your school is anything like mine, your schedule will not permit you to read EXTRA chapters ahead of what you are reading in class. My classes start at 9:30 and end at 4:20. Let's say I try to get in the bed by a reasonable time (12:00-12:30) That leaves about 7hrs that I can spend reading. By the time I get done reading the REQUIRED reading for the next day the FIRST time, going back to HIGHLIGHT important sections and going back a THIRD time to BRIEF the case its going to take me most of the night. Then you have to add in the fact that your body needs to do this little thing called EAT FOOD. Heaven forbid you get a phone call from a relative or you have to go grocery shopping or you want to watch Project Runway or Prison Break.

There is honestly, not enough time to be SUPER NERD and do more than what is asked of you. This is a marathon, not a race.

3. I'm used to reading alot of stuff in my Major, I won't have a problem reading the cases.
- Of course not son, we're all literary geniuses. Anybody with a High School education can read and understand the cases. . . .ON THE SURFACE LEVEL. You know that Plessy v. Ferguson dealt with a Quadroon being kicked out of his seat and sent to sit in the colored section and the Supreme Court ruled that public facilities had to be Seperate but Equal.

The sad part is that you haven't even touched the SURFACE of what the Professors want you to learn about that case. It will require that you re-read the case a good 3-4 more times so you can highlight and evaluate certain sections or concepts and see how they apply to an overall bigger (mysterious) picture. Read so that you can be willing and able to be dissected and re-arranged by the Professor, don't try to be a legal scholar in your first semester.

4. I worked for a Lawyer for umpteen years, I'm familiar with the Law.
- ::Does the Jadakiss Laugh:: I thought the same thing too, but like I'm slowly learning. The PRACTICE OF LAW is a lot more different than the THEORY of law. I know how to file briefs and complaints and draft Request for Interogatories or Notice for Deposition. But I'm confused as H E L L about what "In rem" and "In persona" jurisdiction is and what the hell Neff did to piss off the Oregon Courts so much. I'm back at square one just like everybody else, and now I'm having to re-learn how to think. Holla at me in 6-8 weeks to see if I learned what I was supposed to.

5. I'm not gonna become friends with anybody outside of the ones I got now.
- What I am realizing now is that Law School is the beginning of your Professonial Career. Especially considering the fact that we are Black, we are alrady behind the 8ball. Unless you grew up in a Professional family in which everyone had a terminal degree and was elected to Congress and sat on Director Boards, you probably don't have anywhere NEAR as much reach as some of these White Boys yer gonna be sitting next to in class.

I'm realizing that I'm in a whole new ball game. There were some pretty well-off cats at my Undergrad, but not at the level or frequency of what I'm seeing now. You ain't gotta be the shuckin' and jivin' negro to any-damn-body, but at the same time you gotta learn to extend that Olive Branch to more people than just your local BLSA. Don't get me wrong, I love my BLSA and appreciate how organized and on top of their *&^% that they are, but at the same time, our BLSA has only become an effective force within the past 5 years. These White cats in class who are going out drinking and partying and walkin' into class with their Tau-Omega-Chi-Xi-whatever Fraternity shirts on may not seem like the sharpest crayons (and alot of times they aren't, despite their pretense) but they are going to be running *&^% in about 10 years. You ain't gotta be their friend, but it won't hurt if they know WHO your are and WHAT you are capable of doing.

6. Don't nobody know *&^%
"The Man who thinks he knows something knows that he knows nothing at all" Erykah Badu
Tru'er words were never spoken. Hell, you should take this post with a grain of sand cuz lord knows I'm only speculating and give my OPIINIONS on what I've seen so far. Yer gonna get in class and yer gonna be around a whole bunch of Brainiac Overachiver MF'ers who think they know everything there is to know about the case just because they read the hornnotes or Treatises.

DON'T LISTEN TO THEM, it don't matter who speaks the best in class or who has the must polished outlines/briefs. All that matters is DID YOU PASS THAT FINAL EXAM, AND IF SO WHAT SIDE OF THE CURVE WERE YOU ON?

Everything else is opinion and hearsay.

Black Law Students / Law School is REAL SON! DON'T GET IT TWISTED!
« on: August 17, 2006, 07:06:34 PM »

Why didn't none of ya'll tell me Law School was gonna be like this?

I've done more reading in ONE WEEK than I did my entire Senior Year of Undergrad.

Why do i feel like I'm back in Middle School?

- Lockers
- Lockermates
- Assigned seats
- Homework
- Same Mofo's in every class

I swear I'm gonna swing on the next 2L that comes up to me and gives me that "Awww. . . it'll be ok, you just gotta deal with it" Look.

On the real tho:
I like Crim, Property, Torts, Legal Writing (so far), but Contrats and Civ. Pro is confusing hte hell outta me. We've been on the same damn case for the past three days. C'mon! Just figure out who had proper jurisdiction and move on!!!

Anyhow, what's good with ya'll?

After having several frantic and shoulder-crying conversations with friends of mine that just got their LSAT it just reminded me how much I hate that entire concept with a passion that is unrivaled.

I can recall how shot my nerves were when I was preparing for that test. Never before had I ever gotten so worked up over a simple 3-4 hr event (Well. . .except for Mock Trial . .but that's different, you gotta prepare to go to WAR in the courtroom), but for some reason the LSAT just seemed to be the end-all and be-all to my entire existance for that brief period of time.

Why was I so worked up? Cuz everybody and they momma had placed sooooooo much emphasis on scoring "HIGH" on the LSAT.

"You can only get into great schools if you score High on the LSAT"

"NOthing else matters 'cept your LSAT score"

"Schools don't care about your Undergrad Insitution or 'Soft Factors', they just look at the LSAT score" (why are they called Soft? More than likely you've had to bust your ass to accomplish most of those factors) "

"You gotta sign up for a Prep-Course if you wanna do well on the test"
"Man, with your score you are better off applying to T3's and maybe a couple T2's just for reach"

Was all of that true?


Did I nearly give myself a nervous breakdown from spending 4 hrs of my life 2x a week fighitng Atlanta Rush Hour traffic just to get to the Kaplan Courses when I coulda kept my black-ass at home at my dinning room table reading and practicing the SAME material.


Did I take the advice of people who had never sat on an Admissions Committee before in regards to where I should apply?


Did I get into great schools that were supposedly out of my "reach" without dropping down hundreds of dollars on Self-Help and "How to get into Top School" books?


Why am I spending time to write all this? Cuz too often we get caught up in the hoopla and whirl-wind mania that is Law School Application Process and we don't stop to think, "Ya know. . .maybe I need to calm down and just let happen what will happen." Or in Judeo-Christian terms,

"Just have faith"


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