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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Judge Goes Back To Law School?
« on: May 20, 2008, 10:32:36 AM »
I deleted it because of misspellings and I did not think it added to the discussion... sorry.

The rest of that post also pointed out that I was talking about this specific case, if that's not clear from the op...

Generally, the Texas authorities made a huge gaffe from which they have been backpedaling.  Even the underage impregnantion rate they claimed at the time of this particular raid, which has since been discovered to be false, was significanlty lower than the underage pregnancy rate of Texas public schools.  Maybe those schools would be better places to remove children from.  If child rape is happening, than it should be investigated and prosecuted within the bounds of the law.  If it happens in a neighborhood, I object to all the kids in that neighborhood being removed. 

Back to the point, the judge's comments in this particular case are as funny as they are chilling... hence the poll.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Judge Goes Back To Law School?
« on: May 20, 2008, 09:39:28 AM »
I agree... sexual abuse would certainly violate the endowed rights of the person abused.  Who was sexually abused, in this case?

Certainly not this mother's children, or the judge wouldn't be considering giving them back!

And certainly polygamy could be considered the free excersise of a religious principle, could it not?

General Off-Topic Board / Judge Goes Back To Law School?
« on: May 20, 2008, 09:19:11 AM »
“That doesn’t give me a lot of confidence,” Judge Gossett said, staring down from the bench at Ms. Jeffs, who was dressed in a pale-blue prairie dress. “Your right to your religious belief ends when it violates the law.

First Amendment, U.S. Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Tee-Hee ;D

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Married life and law school
« on: May 19, 2008, 03:09:49 PM »
I just had my five-year anniversary!  First year, my wife finished her undergrad; then I did my Masters; then she did her Masters; now I'm going to law school.

The first year was tough, especially with school.  I don't envy newlyweds starting law school.  However, having a working spouse really eases the financial burden... and the whole process of moving to the city is kind of exciting... more so, I think, than if I were single.

Good luck!

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Non-Traditional GPA/ Experience
« on: May 19, 2008, 11:28:14 AM »
Everybody on this board seems to rave about soft factors like work experience.  I would put all of my effort into getting a high LSAT score.  I finished my B.A. 8 years ago, have great soft factors inculding a 4.0 M.A. and several years academic work experience.

Everywhere I was accepted, I think I would have been accepted with no soft factors.  The only things that mattered were my undegrad GPA and my LSAT score.  In fact, no where that I applied with median LSAT and GPA scores accepted me.  I was well over in one or both categories in all the schools that accepted me.  I was waitlisted at two schools where I was median though.

Does anyone on this board have a story about soft factors helping him? 

Maybe you will have better luck with the process, but I think a great LSAT score is your best chance.

3.31 is hardly incompetence...

Grad GPA, in fact, Grad degree, has no discernible impact on law school admission in my experience.  The only thing that mattered was UGPA and LSAT.  In fact, soft factors were, for me, so soft that I would have had the same outcomes with none of them.

It may hurt you a little, but its not like you are doing English.  If I were an adcomm I would be much more willing to overlook so-so grades in a masters program of organic chemistry than I would in say English.  Regardless your undergraduate gpa is by far your most important gpa.

Seriously?  Reasoning, reading, and writing skills you develop earning a grad degree in English are much more useful/applicable to law school than organic chemistry.

Law School Applications / Re: Decent Soft Factors?
« on: April 28, 2008, 04:46:32 PM »
Good luck.

My expereince this cycle was that soft factors have very little affect on the admission process.  My LSAT and Undergrad GPA accurately predicted most decisions, and the boderline ones (higher than median LSAT; lower than median GPA) were not affected by considerable soft factors.

Law School Applications / Tetris Response and Michigan
« on: January 19, 2008, 10:57:16 PM »

Law School Applications / GPA
« on: November 30, 2007, 05:14:16 PM »

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