Cheez: How do you think that the past injustices towards blacks have contributed to denying you the ability to study for class, and read books in your free time(which would help lsat performance)?I mean, we can babble on and on about what was done wrong in the past, but in the end we're only talking about two things: Your GPA, and your LSAT. Studying, and logical reasoning/reading ability.If you think that genetics has nothing to do with anything, then what environmental factors cause this underperformance in blacks? Is it white people's fault that blacks don't read and study as much as they should? Or is it their culture and values which fail to promote those things as being worthwhile? What do you think?
Yes, well said Counselor.I also agree, that "'This' girl" should not get a boost from AA. But, can we also agree that this girl (more likely than not) would not require such a boost. Her parents probably didn’t allow for the possibility of her not attending school, and a good one at that. She was probably educated at the better schools in the community. Her community didn’t really have an issue with drug use and gangs. Her LSAT scores make her competitive for T14, and if she wasn’t up to par on her practice test, she bought a good score through a prep course.Sure, there are lazy Blacks out there just as there are lazy Whites, but shouldn’t be allow for the off abuse of the system in order to accommodate the more imidiate and pressing issue of providing a chance for those who were not given then same chances as “’this’ girl”?
OK Tbone,Maybe I'm being idealistic but I do believe that if you have a good story about overcoming poverty some schools, perhaps many schools, will consider that as an admissions factor, even if you are white.I know a guy who got into every grad school(Berkeley, Columbia) he applied to because he had a very compelling personal story.I think the area where poor minorities have an advantage over poor whites is with scholarships. There do seem to be more opportunities for minorities in that arena. If I ruled the world or had lots of money I'd dole out scholarships to all the poor folks. Anyway I don't board like this should divide people so much. We shouldn't have the rich and the poor and the blacks and the whites and the gays and the straights arguing about who is more deserving of going to law school.dbgirl, i really dont think anyone (in this thread at least) is dividing up along racial/class/etc lines about who is more deserving to go to law school.clearly different people will have different experiences (in this threads case, with descrimination) and i think we are sharing those, comparing them and working through new info, the way the thread was intended.i did not grow up poor (not wealthy though by any means) so i wouldnt know first hand about writing a statement on it. i am sure anything writing about overcoming such an obstacle would be compelling. but that goes for anyone, concerning anything. i think it is safe to say though that URM status still carries more weight, at least given what little i know about URM status and apllicant info on here/LSN...oh, can you guys believe that research from that other thread about blacks not performing well in law school because thier schools are too "tough" for them? what is that? i thought everyone basically felt that once you are in school the education is essentially the same, and ones performance on the bar shouldnt matter based on your rank in class! (the article says blacks would do better on the bar if the went to lower tiered schools and ranked higher in thier class) i dont even see how that makes any sense at all....
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