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I just recently made a post about this, too:  http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,100478.0.html

Some good information there.

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Where should I go next fall? / Let's talk about soft factors
« on: January 23, 2008, 05:51:48 PM »
I'm sort of unclear exactly how 'soft factors' are defined, but I take it to primarily mean work experience, involvement in clubs or other extracurriculars, volunteer work, etc. If there's more to it than that, aside from letters of recommendation and resume, please feel free to clarify.

Anyway, what are some of the various organisations/activities/etc everyone is involved in? And what soft factors are considered 'most important'? Has anyone had soft factors sway an acceptance decision in their favour, and if so, what were they? Mine are:

Resident Advisor (Resident Assistant, Prefect, whatever) for a freshmen hall
Pre-Law Society
Environmental volunteer work
Honours College (and 'mandatory volunteer work' with them)
Philosophy Club
Access Services (note-taking for disabled student)
Quizbowl
Film Club President (focused on classic foreign films dealing with political issues, IE Battleship Potemkin, Rome:  Open City, etc)
Reading Tutor (in middle school...whatever)

Next year I'm joining Mock Trial, and hopefully participating in an 'Alternative Spring Break' doing volunteer work somewhere in the US. I'm considering joining the Residence Hall Honourary as well. Any other RAs here?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Religiously-Affiliated Law Schools
« on: January 22, 2008, 09:50:18 PM »
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So what you're saying is that you would rather share space with a million undergrads?

To some extent. I really like the architecture on the main campus of BC, and the lawn space and all that. I haven't seen many photos of the law campus, but the few I have aren't quite as appealing. Obviously that's not a huge deal, though.

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Are you just saying Boston is not a "big city" or are you under the impression that BC is more isolated than it truely is?

I was just refering to the fact that it's not right in Boston. I'm not sure how well I would do right in the middle of a major city, so I would prefer something suburban or even sort of rural/wilderness/etc. The fact that I might have to live in Boston would be a downside, but I spent eleven years in Detroit and it didn't kill me. I would prefer to live on or near campus.

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All is not quite peaches from what I've heard. To wit: there was a story circulating last year about a girl at GULC who was supposed to work at a pro-choice org (Naral or PP, I think) over the summer, and suddenly and unexpectedly got her funding yanked. The law school felt bad but said their hands were tied.

Yeah, that's reeeaaaally sketchy and sours my opinion of GT (as an entire institution, not the law school) to some extent.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Religiously-Affiliated Law Schools
« on: January 22, 2008, 12:29:11 AM »
Good thing I'm not a liberal, then. The idea of attending a liberal university (UMich, etc) is just as abhorrent to me as attending a socially conservative one. Maybe conservatives like you ought to stand for what they claim to believe in and use a little more discretion in the institutions they choose to support monetarily.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Religiously-Affiliated Law Schools
« on: January 21, 2008, 11:33:04 PM »
That's good to hear. Although it's not ranked as highly as Georgetown or some other prospective schools, BC seems like a really good option for me, assuming my LSAT pans out the way I imagine. I'm not too fond of the fact that the law school is separate from the university itself, but that's true of GT and others as well. Seems like a generally good environment from what I've heard, and I like the fact that it's not in a big city. I think it appeals to me for the same reasons Cornell does.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Religiously-Affiliated Law Schools
« on: January 21, 2008, 01:14:32 AM »
No, the university didn't simply let them protest, they sponsored the protest. If they were simply letting them hold it on the campus, I wouldn't be too concerned, so long as they would also let a pro-choice demonstration take place.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Religiously-Affiliated Law Schools
« on: January 20, 2008, 07:08:57 PM »
Pushing social justice is fine for me, since I hope to go into PI and the like.

I'm mostly concerned because I've got a friend at a top-25 (I forget which) who was splitting his *&^% because the university hosted and funded a Christian pro-life demonstration. I wouldn't want my money going to support any institution who would be involved in anything like that. Someone also mentioned GT being 'restrictive' in the "Three Worst Things about T14 Schools" thread, and that is my top choice.

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Where should I go next fall? / Religiously-Affiliated Law Schools
« on: January 20, 2008, 04:10:21 PM »
I've been lurking the board for a while and mostly reading stuff in this subsection. I've noticed a few posts about certain restrictions upheld in some notable religiously-affiliated schools, or some administrations/faculties being very uptight and conservative, and I would like to know more.

My LSAT date is a year away, but I'm guessing I'll score in the mid-160s to low-170s. Georgetown, GWU, and Boston College are among my top schools, and I've heard objections raised about GT and BC on the basis of their religious affiliation, though both have 'diversity programmes' which note acceptance of other religions or no religion at all. I don't think I could deal with going to an institution where the religion of the school was shoved down my throat by the administration or professors, but stuff like crucifixes in classrooms or on buildings wouldn't be too much of a bother. Schools sponsoring/funding/supporting pro-life or anti-homosexual rallies would make me leave in an instant, and I know of at least one school which has had them.

Overall, what have your experiences been in attending religious schools when you're agnostic/atheist/antitheist/not of that school's religion? Should I not be worried, or are there schools in the top 25ish that I should be wary of?

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