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Oracl3
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Debate and Law School

Postby Oracl3 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:52 pm

Hey everyone,

Any other debaters on this forum? No one seems to appreciate the activity but debaters and law school admissions reps.

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby birdlaw117 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:33 am

Oracl3 wrote:Hey everyone,

Any other debaters on this forum? No one seems to appreciate the activity but debaters and law school admissions reps.

Fix't
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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby 2011Law » Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:38 am

birdlaw117 wrote:
Oracl3 wrote:Hey everyone,

Any other debaters on this forum? No one seems to appreciate the activity but debaters and law school admissions reps.[/quote]
Fix't


lol.

Some of the debate styles are just so useless to real life skills that I have no idea why they exist. Others aren't so bad. Unless you made it really far in competition, no one is really going to care.

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby birdlaw117 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:43 am

2011Law wrote:
birdlaw117 wrote:
Oracl3 wrote:Hey everyone,

Any other debaters on this forum? No one seems to appreciate the activity but debaters and law school admissions reps.[/quote]
Fix't


lol.

Some of the debate styles are just so useless to real life skills that I have no idea why they exist. Others aren't so bad. Unless you went toe-to-toe with the Ragin' Cajunmade it really far in competition, no one is really going to care.

Fix't again :mrgreen:

Oracl3
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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby Oracl3 » Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:33 pm

anyone?

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby pwyoung » Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:49 pm

I'm a debater. It really doesn't do much for admissions other than something to slap on there under "Extracurriculars".

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby Rand M. » Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:53 pm

pwyoung wrote:I'm a debater. It really doesn't do much for admissions other than something to slap on there under "Extracurriculars".


This.

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby Oracl3 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:29 pm

any other debaters want to share their takes?

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby RelativeEase » Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:35 pm

nb4 master debater

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby EricBerry » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:27 pm

Despite what most people on here will tell you, mentioning debate actually can help your application (assuming you have national awards and what not). Two admissions deans mentioned my debate achievements in handwritten notes on my acceptance letters.

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby prezidentv8 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:29 pm

RelativeEase wrote:nb4 master debater


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NOOOOO I WAS GOING TO POST THIS!!!

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby fatduck » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:32 pm

birdlaw117 wrote:
2011Law wrote:
birdlaw117 wrote:
Oracl3 wrote:Hey everyone,

Any other debaters on this forum? No one seems to appreciate the activity but debaters and law school admissions reps.[/quote]
Fix't


lol.

Some of the debate styles are just so useless to real life skills that I have no idea why they exist. Others aren't so bad. Unless you went toe-to-toe with the Ragin' Cajunmade it really far in competition, no one is really going to care.

Fix't again :mrgreen:


the ragin' cajun had lunch with my debate team. we had pizza and soda, but he brought his own sandwich. the only ingredient appeared to be mayonnaise. he ate it vigorously while telling us that he was certain bloomberg was going to run for president in 2008.

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby nealric » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:37 pm

Despite what most people on here will tell you, mentioning debate actually can help your application (assuming you have national awards and what not). Two admissions deans mentioned my debate achievements in handwritten notes on my acceptance letters.


Sorry to rain on your parade, but the way those things work is that they pick something from your resume/PS and put on the acceptance letter that they were "impressed". It's there to make you feel special and want to attend their school. It's not a commentary on their admissions process.

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby EricBerry » Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:20 am

nealric wrote:
Despite what most people on here will tell you, mentioning debate actually can help your application (assuming you have national awards and what not). Two admissions deans mentioned my debate achievements in handwritten notes on my acceptance letters.


Sorry to rain on your parade, but the way those things work is that they pick something from your resume/PS and put on the acceptance letter that they were "impressed". It's there to make you feel special and want to attend their school. It's not a commentary on their admissions process.


One of the schools I was talking about was a reach for me. LSP <25% chance, median LSAT, 0.4 below 25th GPA. Doesn't it seem like something other than numbers was at play in their decision, given my sub-par numbers for that school? Don't you think that the soft they picked from my resume to include in the handwritten note would probably be one of my best softs (the vast majority of applicants didn't get a note BTW)? I'm not saying that my debate experience alone was the reason for my acceptance, but it clearly caught the dean's eye.

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby fatduck » Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:22 am

where did you debate/what type?

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby EricBerry » Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:26 am

fatduck wrote:where did you debate/what type?


policy, national circuit and southeast region

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby fatduck » Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:28 am

EricBerry wrote:
fatduck wrote:where did you debate/what type?


policy, national circuit and southeast region


nice i debated policy for army but obviously nowhere near that level. emory?

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby FiveSermon » Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:32 am

I debate on the webz

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby gwuorbust » Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:13 am

seriously, all law schools care about is making money. does debate help that? no. but your number do. take from that what you will.

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby glitched » Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:36 pm

mmmm i don't know. have you guys ever just met with a mass amount of people and just started debating? I mean it honestly feels pretty good to mass debate. Anyone else mass debating out there? I sometimes wonder if I should have told admissions officers about my mass debating efforts. I go pretty hard sometimes and well honestly it feels good to be at the climax of an event and just out all I got. Sometimes even just watching others mass debate was enough for me.

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby birdlaw117 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:43 pm

glitched wrote:mmmm i don't know. have you guys ever just met with a mass amount of people and just started debating? I mean it honestly feels pretty good to mass debate. Anyone else mass debating out there? I sometimes wonder if I should have told admissions officers about my mass debating efforts. I go pretty hard sometimes and well honestly it feels good to be at the climax of an event and just out all I got. Sometimes even just watching others mass debate was enough for me.

Wow. That post is full of so much win. I applaud you and your apparently epic mass debating sessions.

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby tea_drinker » Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:45 pm

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby smittytron3k » Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:07 am

to be fair, debate matters weirdly more at some schools (harvard and chicago in particular), and most adcoms know what the NDT is, but generally it's just another extracurricular. getting to triples of CEDA or whatever isn't going to mean a lot to them.

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby TatteredDignity » Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:41 am

I debated policy 4 years in high school. It was a lot of fun, and it taught me how to think critically and analyze arguments. I hoped to parlay all of this into attending a top-notch law school.

So I studied really hard for the LSAT and rocked it.

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Re: Debate and Law School

Postby robotclubmember » Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:56 pm

0LNewbie wrote:I debated policy 4 years in high school. It was a lot of fun, and it taught me how to think critically and analyze arguments. I hoped to parlay all of this into attending a top-notch law school.

So I studied really hard for the LSAT and rocked it.


Moral of the story: Fuck debate, study for the LSAT in the library. Alone. Because that actually will make a difference in your life.




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