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2010 Graduate Poli Sci

URM - mom from sierra leone, west africa/ dad jamaican with portugese descent (never met father)
will be first college grad in family. 

3.0-3.1 GPA at graduation if I maintain current pace of straight A's. (Upward Trend-two straight years of all A's. 0.73 GPA after freshman year)

167 LSAT - Shooting for 171-172 on retake

Compelling Personal Statement and LOR's.  Former gang member/been stabbed in torsow/ scars to prove it. Not proud of it, just stating the facts.  Left gang and decided to attend college at 22 yrs. old after best friend was sentenced to 18 years in prison (fed time-no parole).  REALLY turned my life around

Started a youth mentorship program here in Atlanta....My Brother's Keeper which links underprivileged black males with black male college students.

I'm shooting for T-14. HYS and other top of the heap schools etc.

What are my chances?


There's a lot of shooting in this thread.

A TRUE Gunner

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What advice do you have for the class of 2009 who have just dropped $150k+ on this degree and are coming out into this economy with no job?

In the words of the ever-eloquent 8Ball & MJG, "Pimp Hard, Pimp Harder"

I have little remorse for my classmates who ain't got no job. Not b/c I'm a heartless bastard but because we have more education than 90% of the population.

Think of all the people you know that have half of our education, but still find a way to make a living for themselves. If you are looking for that cushy $140-60k job STRAIGHT OUT OF Law school, well you finna get yo feelings hurt cuz they don't want us.

However, if you are looking for a JOB IN THE LEGAL FIELD that will teach you how to be a LAWYER, then there is still hope.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: April 27, 2009, 09:40:19 PM »

I'm with you on this one. My prediction: finding a sensible (American) black woman is going to be one of the most arduous tasks of my life.
Every black man should watch the film, "Diary of a Tired Black Man."

Now I know that it's not my fault...it's not our fault.

I laughed at this quote. . .until I realized that you were serious.

 :o :o

You obviously don't live around a large metro area (Charlotte, DC, ATL, LA, NYC, HOU) otherwise you wouldn't have typed those foolish words. If you can't find a "sensible" woman, then it is entirely your fault. You obviously aren't tryin' hard enough and instead of being online you need to get out in the REAL WORLD and get on ya grind.

Ignore all this Dr. Phil crap about Ray J and what is or isn't "Black womanhood". Log off on your computer, turn off the TV AND GO GET UP ON THESE . . .

Well, I ain't gonna finish the phrase, but I'm sure A LOT OF FELLAS already finished the sentence in their minds. 

Well sir, actually I grew up in Los Angeles Calif. Not too long after going to undergrad (HBCU in the mid-west) my mother sold her LA home, well where did she move? she moved to the ATL. In undergrad I studied abroad in West Africa for two months. I mean, I see your point, but sir, it does not apply to me. I've been out there....even out of this hemisphere. In furtherance, I don't think the task is impossible, I feel it's at the acme of difficult and complex. Lastly, I know you don't believe in watching TV, but go watch the film, individuals in virtually all the above cities you mentioned are interviewed. Lastly, in regard to getting up on these....... fill in the blank, I've never had a problem in the female dept. in all my days. But my discourse is in regard to finding a sista to marry, not just a tip drill or what have you, I've been there and I've done that. Cue this video to 4:38 and you will further understand what I mean.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln_QGuL0yb0&feature=related

All the time you spent typing that could've been spent tryin' holla at some females.

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Well in that case, follow the money. There ain't no point in putting yourself DEEP into debt if you can avoid it.

If you were accepted into a T1 school, then I'd say that it would be worth taking out the money, but not in this situation.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Illinois vs Georgia - help!
« on: April 25, 2009, 02:07:52 AM »
Illinois.

It will be difficult to get to the West Coast because mostly Southern Firms come to UGA for OCI.

If you have connections to the West Coast, then by all means have a blast, but otherwise I'd consider elsewhere

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: April 25, 2009, 02:02:43 AM »

I'm with you on this one. My prediction: finding a sensible (American) black woman is going to be one of the most arduous tasks of my life.
Every black man should watch the film, "Diary of a Tired Black Man."

Now I know that it's not my fault...it's not our fault.

I laughed at this quote. . .until I realized that you were serious.

 :o :o

You obviously don't live around a large metro area (Charlotte, DC, ATL, LA, NYC, HOU) otherwise you wouldn't have typed those foolish words. If you can't find a "sensible" woman, then it is entirely your fault. You obviously aren't tryin' hard enough and instead of being online you need to get out in the REAL WORLD and get on ya grind.

Ignore all this Dr. Phil crap about Ray J and what is or isn't "Black womanhood". Log off on your computer, turn off the TV AND GO GET UP ON THESE . . .

Well, I ain't gonna finish the phrase, but I'm sure A LOT OF FELLAS already finished the sentence in their minds. 

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A. What was most challenging aspect(beside the obvious)of law school you had to overcome?
- The 2 hardest parts of Law School were probably:
1. Learning to accept defeat/setbacks. I can handle a bad grade in a class. However in Law School this is the first time that many of you/us will ever run into rejection. Either rejection from the job you wanted/interned or rejection from journal/trial advocacy.

2. Constant competition. Even if  you played sports, Law School creates a different more insidious form of competition during your 1L year. You are always competing against someone else for the most arbitrary form of recognition. It gets to the point where idiots are comparing which Professor assigned the most pages to read for class or which section has the smartest people assigned to it. Day after day, you feel as if you always have to prove yourself because of the arbitrary standards that this institution creates and places upon us. You quickly learn in Law School that you can't always be #1. No matter how great you were in undergrad, there is always someone better than you.


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B. Were you ever on the precipice of throwing in the towel? If so how were you able to persevere?

Nah, cuz I knew that when I stepped foot into Law School I wasn't leaving with that expensive-ass piece of paper. I've always wanted to be a Lawyer, I just never wanted to go to law school because the study of law has nothing to do with the practice of law.

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C. What's the best piece of advice you could offer a 0L starting this fall?

Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing you can do to gain an advantage over your soon-to-be classmates. I don't care how many times you read "Getting to Maybe" or "Planet 1L". Unless you drop $2,500 to take a BarBri course this summer, you will not have any noticeable advantage.

Your best bet is to go out and have FUUUUUUN this summer. If you need money, then go get a part-time job working with a lawyer in a field of law that YOU HAVE A STRONG INTEREST IN PURSUING. It will give you a leg up over you classmates that went to law school "because my dad is a lawyer and I figured I might as well be one, too."



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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Graduating 3L taking questions
« on: April 25, 2009, 12:14:09 AM »
FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!11111

After 3 long, hard, frustrating years I have been granted parole from my law school. I got a couple weeks till graduation/bar prep. So I want to pass on some knowledge that I've gained thru-out my time here.

So ask away!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Brushing up my writing skills
« on: April 25, 2009, 12:08:21 AM »
Simple: Wait until your LRW Professor TELLS you how they want you to write.

If you aren't in school yet, then don't waste your time learning bad habits that will have to be UNLEARNED once you get in school. Two Law Professors at the same school will require different things from their students during the course of the semester.

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What are your other choices?

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