phear_me wrote:A little off topic, but how the hell can being blind not count 100 times more than having a certain amount of pigment in your skin!? That's ridiculous. If you are legally blind have a 3.0 and 165+ that should damn well be enough to gain admission to any law school that you want - it doesn't get much more "overcoming the odds" than that.
Just my opinion.
I could not agree more
I disagree. As someone with a disability (although, not blindness) I don't find it to be as much as hinderance as many people might think. Nothing bothers me more than when people think the standards should be lower for me. And my disability is not insignificant. It does impact my life every single day. But it's how I've always been and how I will always be. Saying a 3.0 and 165+ is amazing for a blind person strikes me as very strange. If someone has been disabled since birth, they've come to deal with it long before they were working towards their GPA/LSAT. They are also entitled to fair and reasonable accommodations that help level the playing field. Blindness doesn't affect someone's intelligence negatively, I would expect that a blind person just has to have different tools. I understand that your comments were well-intentioned, but they were a bit patronizing. FWIW, I do think that being disabled can give you a very cool, unique perspective on life, and I think schools would be smart to include people like that in their classes (similarly to the whole justification for the URM boost).
My comments were in the context of including people with disabilities in the URM category. Personally, I think affirmative action is patronizing to all URM's, but my point was that if being black/hispanic/native american someone entitles you to a score discount because of assumed disadvantaged (such a crock of crap, and that's coming form someone who is part hispanic and from FOSTER CARE!) then surely a disadvantage like not having eyesight should count for even more.
While I have a strong LSAT score, I find the fact that law schools have become whores to US News rankings exceedingly disturbing. If some of the comments regarding disabilities are true (and that's a big if) and we've actually reached the point where, since disabilities don't count for PR campaigns or rankings, they aren't given due consideration, then I am disgusted by the process and will be certain to work to engender reform at whatever law school I wind up at.