Veritas2010 wrote:I knew that I'd get bashed for this.
I'm not jealous, I've gotten into a lot of good schools and I'm waiting on a few more. I would never trade in my life experiences, grades or achievements for what he has. If he is smart, he should have gone to college and done all that while he was a student, or a law-abiding citizen. We all make mistakes but I think some are more serious than others, and just being able to write great briefs shouldn't be a reason to get admitted into a great law school if one is an ex-con.
I think that someone who breaks the law shouldn't get a free pass into a great law school because all they did for 10 years was sit in a law library ... (I'm sorry if some people are offended by this. But I feel bad for all the rest of us who've followed the rules and might not get in because we're overshadowed by someone like that).
Oh, and we'll see how "qualified" he is when he takes his LSAT or his GPA comes to light.
1) He has paid his debt to the society and therefore deserves to have a new beginning.
2) "Sitting in a law library" is not a good description of an inmate's life in prison. The latter is actually very tough.
3) Why do schools value one's LSAT score and GPA? Because they need some predictors. From what this guy has achieved while he was in prison (how many qualified lawyers can achieve what he has achieved?), it's not difficult to predict that he has the potential to become a superb lawyer.
Don't portray yourself as a victim, for you are not one, unless of course you have achieved what he has achieved (winning not-so-easy cases without a law license and a formal legal education) and are not being considered for admissions at top law schools.