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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: AA alternative
« on: July 20, 2005, 01:46:15 PM »
Phil made some very good points earlier and I agree with many of them.

I also respect where the OP is coming from -- it's much easier to attack the policy than look at solutions. Certainly, doing everything we can to eliminate the inequality gap is a start, but even if we could wave a magic wand and give every minority student access to the best schools, study aids, etc, it wouldn't be enough to correct the problem by itself. There's also an underlying sociological problem.

Most impoverished rural and urban minority communities are influenced by decades of extreme racism and its impact won't disappear overnight. Restoring people's sense of dignity is much more difficult than allocating funds to build new schools, etc., but it's got to be part of a solution -- otherwise, any solution we propose would fail. Eliminating the vicious cycle of misery, victimhood and hopelessness also is essential.

Access to better resources is a start and maybe can help correct it over time. Racial integration can also help with this. Thoughts?

Seriously, I get one a day and now Biden is starting to send a few as well.  The election is over, I don't need your continuous updates on what is in the news, I read the paper.

That's because he's still running for president. He really needs to get over himself and face reality for a change....

I don't know if it's any good or not and want some feedback.  I'd prefer to have someone who has read a lot of them before.

I'm a copy editor so this is pretty much what I do for a living. Granted, I haven't actually edited a PS before, but I did apply last cycle and got a couple handwritten notes from admissions officers complementing my PS. PM me if you'd like me to read it.

I had to laugh at the ones that praised me for my superior achievements or outstanding qualifications. Obviously, I'm not superior or outstanding enough. Reject me, but don't insult my intelligence too. I mean you're already basically telling me you don't think I'm smart enough for your school. Do you also think I'm not smart enough to pick up on your disingenuous bullsh-t.

Oh I loved those too. I remember getting one that said something like, "even though we cannot offer you admission, we were very impressed with your credentials." Not only is that disingenuous, it's borderline absurd.

I think part off the problem is they don't put too much thought into their rejection letters (hence all the bad wording people have alluded to on this thread)...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: IU-Bloomington, W&L, or Boston U
« on: July 18, 2005, 03:27:02 PM »
I would say academically W&L and Boston have a slight edge on IU, slight being key cause there isn't a whole lot of difference.  I am from the dc, va, md area.  W&L undergrad here is considered very preppy, rich kid central.  That said it does have high academic standards, but its considered a very preppy school in this area.  I think W&L places okay in DC, Kids who go there probably aim less at DC then other area schools, thats why they don't place that many in DC, its not cause they have a bad reputation, they are ranked 22 after all.  Like I said when I think W&L I think preppy.  I got waitlisted tehre, if I had got in I might have taken it over W&M, but I might not have, I considered them equal till I visited W&M and liked it, then when I didnt get off the waitlist in a timely fashion that sealed the deal.

All fair points, though I think the law school doesn't have the same sort of preppy reputation as the undergrad. I also should clarify that I didn't mean to say it was a bad school, but since it places relatively few grads in the DC area (given its close proximity to DC), this leads me to believe its ties to that area aren't as strong as they could be -- though self-selection probably does play a role too. But, if your goal is to work in DC, I don't think you'd be any worse off going to GMU, W&M or maybe even American.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: IU-Bloomington, W&L, or Boston U
« on: July 18, 2005, 02:06:08 PM »
assuming good grades and class rank at all mentioned schools: BU roughly equals WandL, both being slightly better than IU. Obviously IU will do more for you in the midwest, W and L in the DC/VA region, and BU in the Boston/NYC region. None are all that "national" but doing well at any should give you some options in the larger regions where the schools are located. I am from the DC/Northern VA area, and W and L isnt as talked about up here as much as GW, GULC, etc, but I have met some lawyers from there.

Acually W&L's placement in DC is pretty anemic and the school is strongest outside the DC metro area of VA. I don't think it's a given that you'll have options in DC if you go to W&L and I'd be careful about making that assumption.

Only 22% of grads end up in the DC/No.Va. area while 26% end up in the rest of VA. Not bad overall, but for a school only 3 hours away from DC, that's pretty weak, I think.

But at the same time, W&L's starting salaries aren't too hot, and for a school so close to DC and so high in the rankings, their placement in DC is pretty anemic. Yet, they are generally recognized as the best law school in the state after UVA (granted, it's a HUGE leap down from UVA to W&L, but you get the point). You might also want to look at the career placement info...see where most of the grads end up.

Nice pee pee.  Anyway, I'm feeling good now (as I always do after the morning poop-fest) and we're heading to the Widener bookstore, the Wilmington College bookstore (hubby's a grad student) and to Philly for a cheesesteak.  Yum!

Not to shift the focus away from your poop or anything, but I LOVE that picture of your cat! He's a big boy though....maybe he's due for a colon cleansing too?  :D

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Need DC advice!
« on: July 18, 2005, 11:05:04 AM »
I grew up in DC, went to school in Alexandria and the real estate is pretty steep in most places. I would recommend Burke, Centreville, Vienna, etc. Burke and Springfield are right where the beltway splits, so you can get easy access to 395 into DC and Alexandria and Tysons area.

If you're looking to buy property, that's pretty good advice. If you're just looking for a place to rent though, you could easily find something reasonable in Arlington/Alexandria. 395 and 495 are parking lots during rush hour so keep that in mind. If you work in the district and live in Burke, for example, you'd probably have to get up at 5:30 a.m. to make it to work at 9, and probably wouldn't get home until 8 p.m. or so. Just things to keep in mind...where you live can make a huge lifestyle difference.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Need DC advice!
« on: July 18, 2005, 10:57:07 AM »
Not to change the focus here, but I'm going to be living in Silver Spring. Does anyone here have any experience with the area? I'm just unsure as to whether I should buy a used car to bring out. I'm only 2 blocks from the SS Metro, but wasn't sure if having a car is useful/necessary for getting groceries and that sort of thing.

If you're living near the SS metro, I doubt you have anything to worry about. Silver Spring does have its sketchy parts -- and it is very close to some funky neighborhoods in NE DC -- but for the most part it's a pretty gentrified area (same goes for pretty much anywhere in Montgomery County).

It's nice to have a car -- I live near a metro station but couldn't imagine giving mine up -- but it definitely isn't a necessity. One of my buddies has lived up here without a car for the past 2 years and gotten along just fine without one.

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