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Nimmy:
I assume that drinking and premarital sex are against the honor code.  What about something like not wearing the magical underpants or working on the Sabbath?

*devo*:

--- Quote from: PinkIvy49 on August 22, 2008, 07:03:52 PM ---This reply is for biggame and 801law.  I am an African-American non-lds woman contemplating applying to BYU's law school; fall 2009.  I reside in Los Angeles.  I desire to apply to BYU because the location affords me the opportunity to get a top rate law education not too far from California (my home state).  Provo is the polar opposite of Los Angeles.  I believe part of one's education is his/her ability to adpart to new environments.  I believe a school like BYU will foster a climate of dedication and committment to law school, without the many distractions of a big city. I don't know anyone in Provo, so I'll be able to fully focus on my studies and not be pulled away by friends who just want to hang out. The Honor Code is not a problem for me.  I do not drink alcohol.  I despise cigarette smoke, and I'm married.  My main concern is lack of diversity.  I'm really concerned that I may not be accepted or welcome on the law school campus because I am different; African-American AND non-lds.  What are your thoughts on this? Thank you.

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Even though I am not a BYU student I would like to give my opinion (I am LDS and will be applying this fall). I think it is awesome that you are even considering BYU and I think that says a lot about your confidence and personality. You will definitely stick out against the mostly white student body, and also majority male student body to add another factor, but I think people would be totally accepting of you.

The main question is whether or not you will be comfortable with the fact that no one else will look like you (and your Husband if he is non-white, though Provo  is more diverse than BYU law). Your personality will go a long way in determining whether or not you feel accepted (are you shy, outgoing, etc.)

Also, I think it is important to note that even though the BYU student body is not very diverse, many of the LDS students you encounter will be very open to diverse perspectives because they served missions to different parts of the world. I was in Brazil for two years and I had friends in Korea, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, and many other places.

PinkIvy49:

--- Quote from: *devo* on August 22, 2008, 08:19:02 PM ---
--- Quote from: PinkIvy49 on August 22, 2008, 07:03:52 PM ---This reply is for biggame and 801law.  I am an African-American non-lds woman contemplating applying to BYU's law school; fall 2009.  I reside in Los Angeles.  I desire to apply to BYU because the location affords me the opportunity to get a top rate law education not too far from California (my home state).  Provo is the polar opposite of Los Angeles.  I believe part of one's education is his/her ability to adpart to new environments.  I believe a school like BYU will foster a climate of dedication and committment to law school, without the many distractions of a big city. I don't know anyone in Provo, so I'll be able to fully focus on my studies and not be pulled away by friends who just want to hang out. The Honor Code is not a problem for me.  I do not drink alcohol.  I despise cigarette smoke, and I'm married.  My main concern is lack of diversity.  I'm really concerned that I may not be accepted or welcome on the law school campus because I am different; African-American AND non-lds.  What are your thoughts on this? Thank you.

--- End quote ---

Even though I am not a BYU student I would like to give my opinion (I am LDS and will be applying this fall). I think it is awesome that you are even considering BYU and I think that says a lot about your confidence and personality. You will definitely stick out against the mostly white student body, and also majority male student body to add another factor, but I think people would be totally accepting of you.

The main question is whether or not you will be comfortable with the fact that no one else will look like you (and your Husband if he is non-white, though Provo  is more diverse than BYU law). Your personality will go a long way in determining whether or not you feel accepted (are you shy, outgoing, etc.)

Also, I think it is important to note that even though the BYU student body is not very diverse, many of the LDS students you encounter will be very open to diverse perspectives because they served missions to different parts of the world. I was in Brazil for two years and I had friends in Korea, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, and many other places.

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Thank you *devo* for your timely response.  My husband is African-American.  We are both contemplating applying to the law school at BYU for fall 2009 admittance.  We are both outgoing.  We don't drink, smoke, or do drugs.  We are active at our non-denomination Christian church.  I prefer diverse communities, but I am not uncomfortable when I am in a situation where I am the only African-American.  My prayer is if I do apply and do get accepted that I will not be ostracized by the students and faculty at the law school.  Once again, thank you and I wish you much success with your college career.

cg82:
Hey I just wanted to put a quick reply to PinkIvy.  I am a 1L at BYU Law.  You should definitely come!  For sure at least  consider it strongly.  I am LDS, but I grew up and went to school mostly outside of the US, in places where I was one of only a few LDS kids, at International Schools with a lot of diversity.  I was hesitant about BYU because I had the perception that it had a lack of diversity, and diversity is very important to me, especially in my education.  Long story short, I love it here.  There is much more diversity than I anticipated, and it is a very welcoming, open atmosphere.  Especially if you are married, there is not a better place to go to law school, as it is an environment that definitely caters well to married couples and families.  Also, whether LDS or not, there is not a better deal financially in legal education.  The tuition is extremely low (comparatively), and cost of living is also.  The professors are excellent, the education is very high quality, and the network is nationally and internationally strong, and seriously rivals any other school in the country.  Not to be over positive, law school is brutal, its hard, and confusing, but I have absolutely no regrets about coming here, and would recommend it to anyone, of any faith.  Great price, great education, great network.  Provo is not a crazy city, but its not farmland either, there is enough to do to entertain during the little time for entertainment you have in law school.  Anyways, I'll stop rambling, but I'm glad you're considering it, and hope you come!

Drew P. Bottom:
PinkIvy - I definitely wouldn't worry about being ostracized. Because you're married, you don't have to worry about the dating scene (which is, admittedly, much harder to crack as a non-LDS person). People will be nice. But it is not a very diverse school. As long as that doesn't make YOU uncomfortable, everyone else will be fine.

Good luck with the application process.

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