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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Why is everyone's GPA so high?
« on: February 25, 2005, 10:38:31 PM »
Grading is so arbitrary. I don't think it's reasonable to compare GPAs from school to school. And I think adcomms' attempts to correct for grade inflation are worse than useless.

By the way, someone mentioned in this thread that people might be lying about their numbers on here and on LSN. Why would anyone do that? And I AM blonde with blue eyes.

congrats on gw. wish me luck. weren't you the one who was contmplating uga?

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New Order's "Thieves Like Us" by Shades of Grey
Robert Palmer's "Johnny & Mary" by Placebo
Jimmy Cliff's "Vietnam" by New Order
Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy" by Metallica
The Jesus & Mary Chain's "Drop" by Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions
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The Smiths' "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" by Supergrass
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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: IN at TULANE!!!!!!
« on: February 24, 2005, 12:15:46 PM »
Congratulations! It's good to hear some good news these days. I have a question for you. What factors do you consider when you compare Tulane and Loyola (LA)? Why might you prefer Loyola? 

thanks for the info. i don't know, but i find it hard to believe that a catholic/american rivalry will really be the talk of the town here in washington. any news about g washington, wash & lee, uva, w&m?

73% of ohio grads stay in ohio, vs. 34% of iowa grads stay in iowa.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Anyone dinged at W&M yet?
« on: February 23, 2005, 02:28:51 PM »
didn't they send out masive amounts of fee waivers? that plus their higher lsat standards may equal a rise in the rankings next year. but i agree that they're going to crash with reality in the next few weeks. i hope that means i get in!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Anyone dinged at W&M yet?
« on: February 23, 2005, 08:28:21 AM »
Hey, NerfHerder. Where did you hear about the 164 cutoff? Do you know anything else?

Law School Admissions / Re: UCLA Disability Letter? Did anyone get this?
« on: February 22, 2005, 09:46:59 PM »
I mentioned something briefly in the application, too. I was surprised when I got that letter. Although I certainly don't think of myself as disabled when compared with someone who can't walk or is blind, I just told them what they asked for in an essay. I don't imagine it can hurt your chances, so it can only help.

Affirmative action study met with controversy

(U-WIRE) BERKELEY, Calif. - A recent study that found affirmative action hurts black students' performance in law school has stirred up controversy among faculty and students at law schools across the nation.

The report, published in the Stanford Law Review in December, revealed that many black students are unable to perform well at top-ranking law schools because they were admitted because of racial preference.

"Student expectations can backfire when they are too high," said Richard Sander, a University of California at Los Angeles professor who wrote the study. "Students who were in by affirmative action were not prepared for exams - law professors move at a faster pace at the elite schools."

Sander's report reveals that the average black student's LSAT score was 130 to 170 points below the average score of a white student's. According to his report, 52 percent of black law students have grades in the lowest 10th percentile after finishing their first year, while 8 percent rank in the top half.

But critics of the study slam Sander and his findings for leaving out other factors that could explain why black law students are performing below par.

University of California-Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu, who published a rebuttal to Sander's report in the California Bar Journal this month, said there is no direct correlation in the gap between law school entrance eligibility and law school grades.

"Entering credentials is not attributable to affirmative action," Liu said. "Blacks would still be at the bottom and not the top even if there is no affirmative action. The study is missing an important statistical step that has nothing to do with affirmative action."

Sander said his findings show black students would get better GPAs if they applied to less prestigious schools. Employers are now hiring more black lawyers, regardless of where they went to school, he said

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