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Affirmative Action / Re: Hispanics are NOT Minorites
« on: June 08, 2007, 01:46:13 PM »
It's too late at night to comment on the rest of your post, but I just wanted to point out that a person who speaks English, Spanish, and French does not have 'all of the Americas top to bottom'. There's also that little chunk of land we call Brazil. :)

That said, I'm a hispanic with pretty white skin. Shame on the ad comms if they don't ask for "brown-skinned hispanics" if that's what they really want. They DO ask, however, "White - non-hispanic."  Oh yeah, and I speak English and Spanish fluently, and was able to "latch on" to French when I was young. I speak Italian, too. By my count that's 4, but it still wasn't enough to overcome my cumulative GPA. I don't think I have a point. Just sayin'.

Oh yeah, I am planning to study Portuguese next. That way I really can conquer all of the Americas top to bottom. Haha.

By my count Spanish, Italian and French put together are about 2 languages, at most.  Spanish and Italian are very largely very similar, and Portuguese as you also mentioned, is basically the sister language of Spanish; it wouldn't take much effort at all to learn Portuguese if you're coming from Spanish.  That's like saying you can speak 3 languages because you can speak Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.  Those 3 are probably about 90% the same language.

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Affirmative Action / Re: In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants
« on: June 08, 2007, 01:42:17 PM »
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By denying them the right to an education, we are creating a permanent underclass of people who are unable to meaningfully participate in society.

I'm not saying that we should deny them an education, I am just saying that they shouldn't be given in-state tuition.  In-state tuition in California ($20,000+) is much more expensive than out-of-state tution in Utah ($14,000).  So there are still many options that illegal immigrants have when going to school, I just don't think that an illegal immigrant should be given a government subsidized education. 

As a part of this, can someone be considered a citizen of a State and not of the U.S.? 

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lso, I don't follow your logic.  States shouldn't give in-state tuition to people who've lived in those states because they don't distribute those benefits to people who've never contributed to those states?

They may have lived in those states, but not LEGALLY.  In fact, they aren't legal citizens of ANY state.  I go to school outside of California, and there were several hoops I had to jump through to get residency so that I could pay in-state tuition. 

As for children who were brought here when they were young, it is truly unfortunate that they have to suffer the consequences of their parents mistakes.  However, LEGALLY there are no exceptions.  I might be unfair to them, but it is also unfair that the wonderful people of Africa have to suffer so much more than any Mexican, Central, or South American.  Famine, cruel governments, war, and genocide to a degree that has never been seen south of the U.S. border has plagued that continent for years. 

How is it fair that they have to go through the arduous process to come to the U.S. (or Europe) LEGALLY, while 12 million others cut in front of them because they have easier access to the U.S.? 

The wonderful people of Africa, lol....

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Study Abroad Options
« on: May 18, 2007, 03:44:14 PM »
I was just curious to know how one would go about searching for schools that offered study abroad options in a given country.  Let's say, Norway, for example.  How could I search for all the law schools offering exchange programs with law schools in Norway? Thanks.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: June takers?
« on: April 18, 2007, 03:17:00 PM »
Yes, I'll be there for it in June.  I'm already around the 161-163 mark on my PT's and I'm planning on dedicating a month solid prior to the LSAT to the games section.  I planning on working on the other sections too, but I know that the other sections of the test I'll do OK on.  Even if I took the test today, I'd probably walk away from those 3 sections (2 LR and 1 RC) with no more than 15 wrong (possibly even 12), so if I get like 5 wrong on games, then I'll get approximately a 165.

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Law School Applications / Re: Number Lovers
« on: April 15, 2007, 10:59:36 PM »
Northwestern - they like numbers but they also have a goal to enroll only students with work experience, so if your grades or LSAT are in their range, your going to have a leg up if your app also includes WE and stuff.

UCLA - their application is horrendous, but if you can stomach 50 pages of questions, I'd apply there.  Their application is lengthy purposefully, it gives them opportunity to justify admits outside of pure numbers.  Apparently the law against AA in admissions in California forced them to structure their app this way...gives them a chance to build a well rounded class while covering their asses and not getting accused of breaking the AA law.



What kind of work experience?

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Law School Applications / Re: Where to live ...UNC
« on: April 15, 2007, 10:58:38 PM »
What kind of horseshit is that? Denying a graduate student the right to drive to school?! I bet senior undergrads can drive to campus....

The parking situation at Carolina is nightmarish. It's extremely scarce as it is, and they keep closing and building over parking lots, which compounds the problem. Undergraduate parking is assigned through a lottery, with preference given to seniors and freshmen excluded from it entirely. Actually, I'm really surprised that there isn't a carpool permit system for 1Ls - my boyfriend is a grad student over at Kenan-Flagler, and that's how they do it over there.

As far as apartments in Carrboro, I've said this in another thread, but I'd investigate the complexes off BPW Club Rd (The Villages, Bridges at Chapel Hill, and Colonial Village at Highland Hills). There are very reliable bus lines that run through there, the rent is fairly affordable (moreso at some complexes than at others), they have decent amenities, and the residents are mostly grad students, UNC staff, and other members of the community - very few undergrads.

I'm still not seeing how seniors get preferential parking and grad student 1L's get nothing at all.

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Engineering/hard science/CS departments tend to not have the ridiculous grade inflation that some of the business/liberal arts departments have, so those students typically have lower GPA's.  Since your GPA isn't normalized against your class/major but rather everyone who has ever graduated college for rankings purposes, people who took grade-deflated classes are at a disadvantage especially at a place that focuses more heavily on GPA like Boalt.

Not to say you can't have a very good GPA in any undergraduate endeavor if you put your mind to it, it's just less common in eng/cs/bio/physics.

For the most part, I wouldn't put business and liberal arts in the same boat.  On the whole, I think a business degree is much harder to get a really good GPA in.

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Law School Applications / Re: Where to live ...UNC
« on: April 15, 2007, 09:12:04 PM »
What kind of horseshit is that? Denying a graduate student the right to drive to school?! I bet senior undergrads can drive to campus....

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Goon
« on: April 13, 2007, 08:57:23 PM »
What is a law school "goon"? I've heard this term thrown around from time to time and just wanted to know exactly what it meant.

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Law School Applications / Re: Quick GPA question
« on: April 08, 2007, 10:44:52 AM »
Yeah, but I've never seen anything than just regular letters on school transcripts.  A, B, C, D, F...I've never hat a + or - attached to any of those.

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