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Law School Admissions / Re: What if you say your gay (but aren't)?
« on: November 25, 2004, 08:22:37 AM »
Well I see several problems with your reasoning, both internally (within the reasoning that has resulted in your own belief) as well as externally (within the reasoning you're using to try to convince people to adopt your belief).

First, the percentage of the population that is gay/lesbian/bi changes based upon who is reporting the figures, as well as who is doing the research.  The "New York's Gay City News" argues that it's closer to 20%, while conservatives tend to place the percentage lower.

Also, you make the assumption that law schools only give preference to "minorities" that are underrepresented in their schools or other schools.  This is irrational.  It's clear that Boalt gives preference to women, even though there are plenty of women in law schools in general, especially in theirs.

Furthermore, law schools often over-represent minorities that they give preference to (blacks, hispanics, sometimes women), with respect to their frequency in the national population as a whole (i.e. schools with well over 20% black, etc, while the % of them in the population as a whole is far lower).  So the argument that there is a higher percentage of gays in LS than in the population (that they're overrepresented) as a whole is immaterial, even if it was established that they were overrepresented, which it of course wasn't, given the controvercial nature of the figure you've cited.

Also, when you're having an argument with someone, especially when you go so far as to insinuate that they're stupid, you can't rely quite so heavily on hearsay from essentially anonymous sources.  What are these adcomms' names and where do they work?  How can we contact them to verify this information?  And how to we ensure that they aren't just giving us the standard PC boilerplate response?  Or are we just supposed to take your word for it?

Also, you make the assumption that schools only give preference to people with certain characteristics if they specifically advertise it.  There is no logical basis for concluding this, either.  This is especially the case because it would in no way be in their best interests to advertise the fact that they make it (even slightly) easier for gays to get into their law school, if it is in fact the case that they do make it easier for them, which you have yet to rule out.. rationally, at least.

Law School Admissions / Re: What if you say your gay (but aren't)?
« on: November 25, 2004, 07:43:39 AM »
How can you rule out the possibility that harvard has so many gays because they adjust people's index scores based on various criteria in an effort to increase diversity?

I don't see any logical basis for concluding that it absolutely cannot help you.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: So ya wanna go to Umich....
« on: November 25, 2004, 07:28:52 AM »
Why are the vast majority of the good law schools in cold places?

Law School Admissions / Re: What if you say your gay (but aren't)?
« on: November 25, 2004, 07:27:17 AM »
What if you don't say you're gay but you say you're interested in things like 'Gay & Lesbian Club' or whatever?

Do they infer things from those 'interests' or what?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: The night before the LSAT...
« on: November 25, 2004, 07:23:00 AM »
Just tell your doctor you're having trouble falling asleep the night before a test and that you have the LSAT comming up soon.. s/he will prescribe Ambien

Knocks me out for a good 6-8 hours and I wake up feeling refreshed

Law School Admissions / Re: GW, WTF is this supposed to mean?
« on: November 24, 2004, 01:43:23 PM »

I got scared that maybe I should be sending paper copies too! haha

Well I hope things work out well for you! :)

Is that including a prep course?

29 apps o_o

How much did that cost?

Law School Admissions / Re: GW, WTF is this supposed to mean?
« on: November 24, 2004, 12:49:09 PM »
Hey how come you sent both LSACD on the web and a paper copy?

I hope there are still some fee waivers left for us December test takers!

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