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bluebayou

bluebayou Senior Member

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  • Re: Request for Input

    Being a former device member is a nice plus for professional school. But that's all it is, a plus factor once GPA+LSAT are considered acceptable. Being years away from your paryting days is also a positive, but adcoms won't give any bonus points to a 3.5 cumulative.

    IMO, if you can't get into a top law school or a top regional -- in an area in which you want to settle down-- and attend for cheap, you should not go to LS. (Unless you are indecently wealthy so cost is not an object.) In other words, don't take a full ride at U-Minnesota and expect to move back to Texas to get a job. Possible, very difficult.

    The schools with the most portability and probability of success are the T14, but even some Georgetown grads have difficulty getting a legal job.
  • Re: New tax proposals

    Don't most grad students at public schools get residency after a year and therefore in-state rates?

    Depends on the state, of course. Some like California, make it extremely easy for a grad student to obtain instate residency for tuition purposes after one year. I think Texas is even easier (or used to be): they give instate tuition to all grad students who earn any type of merit scholarship, so even some terminal MA programs offer a $1,000 merit scholly so the students can get instate rates.
  • Re: 3 UCLA players face punishment at home after China incident

    Do Americans really think that having these young men serve time in a Chinese prison is reasonable for their offense?

    That question is not relevant (since the offense occurred in a foreign country with foreign laws).. The question is, how do the Chinese authorities think these young men should be punished?
    I think they should have been treated like anyone else stealing a $500 pair of sunglasses in China.

    Reports are that they had ~$2k of stuff in their possession, and it just wasn't one store. It's not like they stole a piece of pizza bcos they had not eaten in several days.

  • Re: How elite colleges are fleecing the taxpayers

    the move to tax tuition waivers and scholarships for grad students would be immediately devastating to research universities..

    While entirely possible, that is really just your opinion. (nothing wrong with stating your opinion, but lets just be clear on what it is.
    lthough the studies described are dated, Stanford alumni and professors have started companies that had 5.4 million employees and had revenues of $2.7 trillion (in 2014) and MIT alumni ....

    First, so what? As in what is the connection to grad education being taxed? Secondly, these two are probably not good examples to support your pov, since these wealthy two could easily offer grad students another $2k/yr to offset a potential tax.
    Second, the broader issue is, as I said in an earlier post, is how we as a country finance the excellence in higher education that has led to substantial (but very unevenly distributed) economic gain for the country. If we take this steps like these to attack elite institutions (and I agree that with @toooldforschool that this is likely only a first step), we are likely to be weakening the economy in meaningful ways. As a polity, we don't have an appetite for investing for future benefit (education, infrastructure) at the moment, so moves to weaken our great research universities as well as cuts in the federal budget to basic research.....

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    I prefer democracy and hence do not want to weaken our system of funding excellence in academic research.

    Are you ok with balancing a university's books on the [below-minimum-wage?] servitude of TA's and RA's? (To me, this is a moral/ethical question.)
  • Re: Son was pranked by college students today at college open house.

    one of my favorites. The prank start at 1:40 pm

    Listen closely for the unsuspecting Tour guide and he tries to talk over the (ahem) band.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avYUL1A-WUM