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- Debate: Law school - August 19th, 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:
- 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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- Ban on sale of violent video games to minors - July 8th, 2011.
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- China "one child" policy - May 12th, 2011.
- Release of Osama bin Laden death photos - May 6th, 2011.
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- Return of Israel to pre-1967 borders - April 30th, 2011.
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Debates In The News
- Debate: Death penalty Republican US presidential candidate Rick Perry executed 234 convicts during his ten years as governor of Texas [more than any other governor in modern history], reinvigorating a national debate on the practice.
- Debate: US intervention in Libya As Libyan rebels took control of Tripoli, many came back to the question of whether US and NATO interventions were worth it, with many now conceding that the mission was worthwhile.
- Debate: Polygamy This issue briefly peaked back into the news when Warren Jeffs, a notorious polygamist, was sentenced to life in prison on August 9th, 2011.
- Global climate change debate portal Heatwaves around the world have renewed calls for renewable energy of every kind: Austin Chronicle.
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