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« on: January 08, 2005, 10:57:39 AM »
What field are you leaning toward entering after law school? Is that the major reason you're leaning toward Yale, or are other factors (size, less stringent grading system) the major influences? Why the east coast bias?
Well, at this point, I'd really like to do appellate litigation, and, ideally, Supreme Court litigation. A prerequisite for this is a Supreme Court clerkship, and Yale has the highest per capita Supreme Court clerkship placement rate in the nation. So that's one thing. Although Stanford has the Supreme Court litigation clinic, Harvard has arranged to set up its own, and I would be surprised if Yale didn't have one very soon. I also like Yale's size...I am from a small town and went to a small high school, so I'm not worried about feeling claustrophobic. Additionally, with only 15 or so blacks per class, I would be rarer coming from Yale. Lol, yes, the P/F first semester is very enticing, but I'm not afraid of grades. And while the HP/P/LP system is less stressful than the normal grading system, one still needs to have more HPs than Ps in order to clerk for a good judge (if you just want to do corporate law, then it really doesn't matter).
Harvard is very big, though that doesn't scare me either (I have more people in my undergrad class than I would have in my 1L class). I do like the idea, however, of knowing everyone in my class, as I probably would at Yale. I think this actually helps to build a stronger network than I would have at Harvard, despite its size. There is the Harvard prestige...but in law circles (which is where I will be), Yale is number one, and among lay people, Yale is probably the second-most-recognized name. Harvard offers a wider range of classes...but I've looked through the Yale catalog, and there are more than enough for me to take.
To me, there's not much of a reason to choose Stanford, aside from sunny weather and the Supreme Court litigation clinic. It is a very respected school, no doubt, but Yale and Harvard edge it out ever so slightly in prestige. Plus, I'm from the South...I know what sunny, warm weather is like. I'm ready to experience the cold for a few years. Moreover, I want to practice in DC, and Y and H have a better reputation on the east coast.
Finally, it's Yale
. Call me a prestige whore, but I've dreamed of going there for the past 3 years. It would be very hard not to go.
So those are some of my reasons at this point. But, like I said, I'm going to give all three a shot.
« on: January 08, 2005, 09:27:46 AM »
welcome to LSD, alci!
how are you going to choose among HYS?
Well, I'm leaning very heavily towards Yale, for many reasons. That said, I'm going to go to all three admit weekends. There is a slight chance I would choose Harvard, though I think it may be too big for my tastes. Stanford would really have to blow me away (I have an east coast bias).
« on: January 08, 2005, 01:36:21 AM »
confirm that alcibiades has all three. his only pending ones are chicago and columbia now, the only two that have barely done any regular decisions yet.
Wow, I'm just now discovering these sub-boards. Very interesting...more places to procrastinate
(Yes, I am still learning my way around LSD...you have to admit, xoxo is much less of a maze
Anyway, Pookie is correct. I have been accepted into all three. I do, indeed, feel very fortunate. However, choosing among them is very, very tough. I almost wish that I had only been admitted to one...
« on: January 07, 2005, 08:40:58 PM »
Right, so i don't see why i should vote republican then if they don't consider my vote as valuable enough to consider my interests. and especially not help to ensure republican victory when most of their policies negatively effects people of color. i
The reason why we have to change our vote is because no part now has to have policies in Black's interest because Democrats and Republicans KNOW we wont vote replubican, thus the republicans ignore us and democrats are like F****em, who else are they going to support. So we ahve to do something to send a clear and decisive message and they cant blindly assume where we will vote, and why not vote replublican because our issues arent being addressed anyway, so one time is all that will be needed to send a message, look at the hispanic vote in the last presidential election, it was like 50/40% thats why you saw them mofos doing all those commercial on radio in spanish both parties, when have you heard of that in the black community, both parties fighting for our votes
but i also mentioned voting third party. but vote republican, without them having to do any active recruitment for our vote and ensure policies that in the long run hurts our communities? plus, even if the democrats try to win back our votes, the republicans wouldn't care b/c as you've said, they don't see our vote as valuable enough to keep. i don't see this viewpoint as a win situation for black voters. and a big difference between black voters and latino voters is in sheer numbers. they are the the fastest growing minority, but when blacks were, republicans still ignored us then. #@!* that, i'm down for voting for a 3rd party, but i'm not voting for a political party who has no respect for my people's political force nor as a people in general. and help them keep my people on the bottom as their fat pockets keep growing? naw, this is one area in which i'm not feelin. maybe when (i'm trying to be positive) black people can have a greater turnout, and republicans start kissing our ass, we can talk a little more about this.
In our electoral system, voting for a 3rd party will effect little change.
Through gerrymandering, a large portion of the black vote is concentrated in relatively few districts. However, this does allow those districts to elect black representatives. Currently, both parties assume that these representatives will be Democrats. However, if a large portion of the blacks in a district were to start voting Republican, then both parties would start vying for these districts, and the black community might win some concessions from each party. In today's extremely divided America, both parties are trying to get all the votes they can, and it is to our disadvantage to be written off by both parties.
« on: December 10, 2004, 11:24:36 AM »
Ah heeeeeeeellllllll nooooooooooo ....
EDIT: I was initially going to try and post a response, but it seems like they are beyond hope. There's nothing that I can accomplish by posting a response -- I will inevitably sound like I'm being defensive, and thereby demonstrating that I feel the need to be defensive. I've shown my merits to the people that matter -- the Stanford admissions board. Not the morons on xoxo. Bitter fools.
Lol, we are not all "morons" or "bitter fools."
Anyway, just stopping in to say congrats to all of you for getting into Stanford. I also got the call from Faye Deal (11/23); however, I am leaning towards Harvard at this point (which, apparently, is not too uncommon: http://daily.stanford.edu/tempo?page=content&id=13800&repository=0001_article
). That said, I fully intend to visit both schools before deciding. Perhaps I will see some of you in early April over admit weekend.
Alright, back to XO land. Best of luck to all of you.
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