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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Writing a novel ?
« on: January 31, 2006, 07:12:13 PM »
wow, I never realized so many aspiring authors were around here :P

To be frank, I'm probably in the D category. Well actually I've began writing a book (literary fiction ala John Steinbeck) but at the rate I'm going it'll be at least 5 years before I finish it, if at all. I think I may just jump to my memoirs (semi fictional ofcourse  ;) )

annabel: why wait when you retire ?

aaron: if you like Bukowski, you should read james cain

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Writing a novel ?
« on: January 31, 2006, 03:18:05 PM »
Bukowski ? Interesting choice. Definately not pop-fiction. Though I wouldn't call myself a big fan, I like his writing style. So what convinced you to write a novel ?

random guy: B? Well what is it ? (don't say legal thriller). not that there's anything wrong with that.  ;)

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you reading right now?
« on: January 31, 2006, 02:46:50 PM »
Confessions of an economic hitman. I picked it up at bookstore more than 8 months ago and sat down to read it last week. It is pretty interesting.

General Off-Topic Board / Writing a novel ?
« on: January 31, 2006, 02:38:23 PM »
I've run into an unusually high number of people in this forum who are
a) writing a novel
b)have written a novel
c)plan on writing a novel
d)plan on writing a novel (but never will).

So how many of you fall under these categories ? I'm trying to get an idea of what percentage of law school students to be plan on becoming the next John Grisham.

Law School Admissions / Re: Most effecient admissions process?
« on: January 31, 2006, 02:12:06 PM »
Boston College-I went complete 1.8 weeks after I submitted my application
UVA-went complete 2 weeks after application submission.

So...has this been the case with everyone with these schools?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Islamists are out of control
« on: January 26, 2006, 11:26:01 AM »

I agree with the sentiment of this post. I would really insist, however, that the notion of "choice" is not as straightforward as is commonly assumed.

Of course, when we talk about "choice" it needs to be put in the context of cultural norms and social pressures , but even when you incorporate these into the equation, in many Islamic countries, wearing the hijab remains a free choice. Granted, you will find areas in the Muslim world where this comes into question. For example, in some parts of rural Egypt a woman who does not wear hijab might be considered "loose" but in most areas it is not the norm.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Islamists are out of control
« on: January 26, 2006, 10:54:53 AM »
I didn't have time to read the entire thread but from what I understand most people here are saying the posted picture is some sort of indication what Muslim women are forced to do. I don't mean to generalize but Americans, particularly the American media, needs to get beyond its own narrow, one-dimensional view of the conservative dress of the Muslim woman as a sign of oppression. It is a choice, yes a choice, that Muslim women make, perhaps not the same as that of other women, but equally valid. Saying these women are oppressed is a superficial and misguided view.

Law School Admissions / Re: Yale 250s That Have Not Made It (Yet)
« on: January 25, 2006, 06:17:55 PM »
I posted this in the other thread, but I guess it belongs here.  Its quite dry, but that was done to offset my statement.

     Extreme poverty continues to precipitate suffering in the world, contributing to starvation, disease, and armed conflict.  Broader industrialization policies must be instituted to effectively reduce poverty.  Since the 1980s development plans for third world countries have relied on the enactment of neoliberal economic reforms.  Non-governmental organizations such as the IMF are the principle proponents and enforcers of these programs, albeit with support from the United States and other industrialized powers.  Neoclassical economic theory holds that market deregulation, coupled with privatization measures, will result in a more efficient allocation of productive resources and faster economic growth. 
     These reform packages generally failed to deliver anticipated results, with many states experiencing economic stagnation or decline.  While this failure was often attributed to poor implementation, this view fails to take into account the political situation present in most developing nations.  The market inefficiencies that neoliberalism seeks to eliminate are often sources of rents and revenue for governments, and officials have personal incentives to maintain the status quo.  The question is whether liberalization can succeed in a political environment that is inherently hostile to privatization and deregulation. 
     Political economists have made considerable progress using rational choice theories to model the actions of government officials in developing nations.  However, this analysis is generally descriptive rather than proscriptive, and remains narrowly focused.  A functional, feasible economic development plan requires examining the legal framework, political institutions, cultural history, and economic competitive advantages innate to each nation.  Such analysis is difficult, but necessary to eliminate the misery of poverty. 

Although I find your argument inherently flawed and your conclusion a "we need to do more study" copout, it is well written.

Choosing the Right Law School / University of California–Berkeley
« on: January 20, 2006, 07:51:34 AM »
Would you say that this is a truly national school. I want to practice law in the North East. If this is the highest ranked I get into, would it be worth going to ?

Law School Admissions / $o, how much $$$ have you $pent ?
« on: January 20, 2006, 07:41:44 AM »
LSAT study material: $300
LSAT/LSDAS registration: $200
LSAC reports: $240
App. fees: $0 (fee waivers)
Elation of receiving an acceptance: priceless  ;D

So $740 in total (give or take a few dollars) How much have you guys spent ?

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