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-*'''<big>[[Debate: Balanced budget amendment to US Constitution| Balanced budget amendment]]</big>''' - August 9th, 2011.+*'''<big>[[Debate: Law school]]</big>''' - August 9th, 2011. As prospective students consider taking the October and December LSATs to then apply for law school starting in the fall of 2012, this debate is as relevant as ever.
'''Featured pro and con arguments from this article:''' '''Featured pro and con arguments from this article:'''
-*'''Balanced budget amendment will help solve fiscal crisis.'''[[Image:John-boehner 5224.jpg|right|130px]] [http://www.torenewamerica.com/the-case-for-a-balanced-budget-amendment-now Dr. Jim Garlow Chairman, Renewing American Leadership Action. Statement before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution. May 13, 2011]: "This constitutional amendment is necessary to force Congress and the President to confront and resolve our cancerous fiscal crisis. It will end the annual budget deficit and stop the bleeding. And it will prevent future Congresses or Presidents from relying on tax increases or borrowing to balance the budget."+*'''[[Argument: Law degree is perhaps the most versatile degree| Law degree is perhaps the most versatile degree]]''' [http://www.kaptest.com/Affiliate_Network/Feature_Content/Law_Content/AF_marketing_goodlaw.html "Why Go to Law School?" Kaplan]:[[Image:Law school.jpg|right|260px]] "Lawyers can function in the business world, whereas M.B.A.'s cannot function in a legal position. And although lawyers cannot be doctors, neither are they as closely held to their "field" as are M.D.'s. [...] A law degree gives you almost unparalleled mobility in your career&151;lawyers run movie studios, manage baseball teams, hold political office, serve in the foreign service, run Fortune 500 companies, and head a wide range of legal service organizations."
-*'''CON: [[Argument: Balanced budget amendment undervalues loans and debt| Balanced budget amendment undervalues loans and debt]]''' [http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_18524210#ixzz1UJph9MJH Kathy White. "Guest Commentary: A federal balanced budget amendment would hurt the economy." Denver Post. July 24th, 2011]: "Traveling back in time is no way to prepare for the future. You meet the future by making investments that will pay off. Families take long term loans to buy homes and pay for college. Businesses borrow to take advantage of modern technologies and more efficient facilities. State and local governments borrow to build and maintain roads, dams, schools and prisons. Denying the United States government that same basic tool would jeopardize generations of progress. Indeed, a balanced budget amendment would be like forcing a family to pay the entire cost of a house up front, or making a college student pay a year's tuition entirely with money earned that same year. At the federal level, unless exempted as Senator Udall's proposal does, it could mean that the Social Security Trust Fund could pay out to current retirees only what it took in through taxes on current workers. Too bad if there are more retirees than workers."+*'''CON: [[Argument: J.D. is not "all purpose" degree: it's for lawyers| J.D. is not "all purpose" degree; it's for lawyers]]''' [http://wrongingrights.blogspot.com/2009/01/should-you-go-to-law-school-not-unless.html "Should You Go to Law School? Not Unless You Want To Be a Lawyer." Wronging Rights. January 22, 2009]: "I know that you have heard that a J.D. is a 'great all-purpose degree,' but it isn't. That's a lie put about by parents who are trying to trick you into middle-class professionaldom and law schools who are trying to take your money. A J.D. is not an all-purpose degree, it is a law degree. It does not qualify you to become a diplomat, a 'senior policy advisor' to anything, a politician, a banker, an aid worker, a political operative, or any of those other jobs that seem like they might be a fun way to satisfy your West Wing fantasies. It qualifies you to be a lawyer, and it doesn't really even do that -there's still the pesky matter of the bar exam."
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 +*'''[[Debate: Balanced budget amendment to US Constitution| Balanced budget amendment]]''' - August 9th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: US debt ceiling deal| US debt ceiling deal]]''' - August 5th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: US debt ceiling deal| US debt ceiling deal]]''' - August 5th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Obama executive order to raise the debt ceiling| Obama executive order to raise the debt ceiling]]''' - August 1st, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Obama executive order to raise the debt ceiling| Obama executive order to raise the debt ceiling]]''' - August 1st, 2011.

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  • Debate: Law school - August 9th, 2011. As prospective students consider taking the October and December LSATs to then apply for law school starting in the fall of 2012, this debate is as relevant as ever.

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  • Law degree is perhaps the most versatile degree "Why Go to Law School?" Kaplan:
    "Lawyers can function in the business world, whereas M.B.A.'s cannot function in a legal position. And although lawyers cannot be doctors, neither are they as closely held to their "field" as are M.D.'s. [...] A law degree gives you almost unparalleled mobility in your career&151;lawyers run movie studios, manage baseball teams, hold political office, serve in the foreign service, run Fortune 500 companies, and head a wide range of legal service organizations."
  • CON: J.D. is not "all purpose" degree; it's for lawyers "Should You Go to Law School? Not Unless You Want To Be a Lawyer." Wronging Rights. January 22, 2009: "I know that you have heard that a J.D. is a 'great all-purpose degree,' but it isn't. That's a lie put about by parents who are trying to trick you into middle-class professionaldom and law schools who are trying to take your money. A J.D. is not an all-purpose degree, it is a law degree. It does not qualify you to become a diplomat, a 'senior policy advisor' to anything, a politician, a banker, an aid worker, a political operative, or any of those other jobs that seem like they might be a fun way to satisfy your West Wing fantasies. It qualifies you to be a lawyer, and it doesn't really even do that -there's still the pesky matter of the bar exam."
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