Anonymous User wrote:Question, especially for anyone who has done Blackstone in the past: I'm a committed Christian, and I'm definitely interested in learning more about what Christianity has to say about the law, but I am predominantly not politically conservative and disagree with the ADF about civil same-sex marriage, adoption by same-sex parents, religious displays in public buildings, etc. Does that mean that Blackstone might not be a good experience for me? Do Blackstone students generally align with the ADF on policy?
If you are openminded, willing to listen to other viewpoints, and willing to reexamine your views in light of your committed Christian faith, then I see no reason to write it off. The underlined portion of your post leads me to believe that this might describe you.
As I recall, the application process is geared toward screening for Christian faith commitment, not political issue commitment. But if there are any questions relating to political issues, answer them honestly. Once you are accepted, you can call the staff and ask for more information about the fellowship. Let them know where you are coming from and ask whether it would be a good fit. I will say that the more liberal views you hold, the less likely the program would be a good fit, but their fellowship class is always ideologically diverse in some respects.
In my experience, Blackstone accepts students who diverge somewhat from their viewpoint IF those students have demonstrated Christian faith commitment. They even pitch their program---accurately, in my view---as a course correction from the nonreligious, positivistic outlook advanced in most American law schools. Thus, in recognizing that the vast majority of law schools take an opposing approach to the law and legal education and that this opposing approach has an impact on students, the staff necessarily expect that their entering students will not share all of their convictions. Accepting students who do not share all of their views is a logical implementation of their vision for the program.
The program is a chance to hear viewpoints that you likely would not have otherwise encountered in law school, and if you are a committed Christian and willing to think through the issues, I don't think you should be discouraged from applying. You'll probably be in the same boat as a lot of the other fellows. If, however, you are set in your views and unwilling to have a two-way conversation about them, then you will probably be a "pariah" as the other poster described himself.
<-- Blackstone fellow who completed the program with changed legal and political views.