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Old 05-28-2013, 10:39 AM   #1576
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This seems like it could be great fun.
Reminds me a hell of a lot of this.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:45 PM   #1577
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I ended up finding out the guy was eight. That made me feel bad. I like bashing 30 year old guys who think like 8 year olds...not actual 8 year olds.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:55 PM   #1578
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How do you know he's 8 and not merely pretending to be 8? I don't know many 8-year olds who smoke marijuana or ask others to kill themselves. (Hell, I didn't even know suicide was a thing until the 5th grade.)
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:10 PM   #1579
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His insults were pretty pedestrian and got worse as I continued to squeeze him. I eventually accused him of being 10 years old and he admitted he was 8.

It's possible he was older, but from how quickly and un-inspired his banter was it felt too tacky for someone of advanced age. Not to mention, the whole reason I reached out to thrash him was because his set 4 strategy is painfully amateurish.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:11 PM   #1580
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I did, but it was known as "sewer-cide" among us kids (along with "Star Track").
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:26 PM   #1581
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I totally believe it, by the way. Remember that kids now have never not had the Internet. They're exposed to foul language and the ugliness of the world earlier than ever.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:49 AM   #1582
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:36 PM   #1583
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:23 PM   #1584
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I had that book, now passed down to my brother.
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:45 PM   #1585
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And while I'm here, may as well share these too:

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Old 06-01-2013, 07:17 PM   #1586
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This seems like it could be great fun.
Your name is actually Dave, so don't you have an inherent advantage, no matter how slight?
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:27 PM   #1587
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:08 PM   #1588
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Haymez that is fantastic.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:49 PM   #1589
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:43 PM   #1590
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Haymez that is fantastic.
Quoting for truth, that's hilarious.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:17 PM   #1591
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I think the controversy is more controversial than the question.

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Old 06-03-2013, 01:31 PM   #1592
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Without seeing the wording of the questions for ourselves, it's difficult to know whether the questions were in poor taste or not.

On the face of it, I don't think they were. Rape, while horrible, is sadly not an uncommon crime; so if the students are complaining that sexual actions, some of which toe the line between legal and illegal and others of which were clearly illegal, were included in an exam meant to test their understanding of the law, then I think they're being childish. The whole point is to test whether you can tell the legal difference between rape and consensual sex, where BDSM behaviors cross the line from legal to illegal, and so on.

But on the other hand, I have questions about the story. First of all, the story mentions that the exam was sat by undergraduates, not law students. Does the UK do things differently than the US? To become a lawyer, do you begin the process during your undergraduate years and enter into a 6-year program? That's how America handles things like pharmacy school, but for medicine and law, we require students to complete an undergraduate degree first and to then enter into a professional school. While I still don't know the wording of the question (we'll come to that in a second!), and while I do feel like it'd be nice if students had thicker skins sometimes with sensitive matters, I can see how some institutions might deem exam questions about such twisted or nefarious actions as not suitable for the undergraduate level and best left to students in professional programs. (For instance, most undergraduate courses will not explicitly teach you how to assemble a bomb, how to poison someone and not get caught, how to hack into someone's computer, etc. But that sort of knowledge is crucial for knowing how to spot it and/or combat it, and so it is taught to students at the professional level.) Second, I do of course have to ask about the wording of the exam questions. Was it succinct and professional? Was it like reading a crime novel and made students feel uncomfortable about their instructor as they read it? Did the question show proper respect for the subject matter? Did it make light of certain ones of the actions depicted therein? Knowing the answers to these questions sort of matters for deciding whether the questions were in poor taste or not.

EDIT: You ninja'd me with an edit of sample test questions! Will edit soon.

EDIT 2: Well, I don't think the wording is too bad. Not sure about cultural norms in the UK, but I think over here they might have used some other word instead of "penis" (phallus, male genitalia, his member, ...). Not sure if there was any express need to specify which region of Richard's body was waxed either. The question of whether a crime took place would to me seem to be the same regardless of which part of his body was waxed. (The questions involved are those of permission, of fault, of whether the action is inherently criminal or not, etc.)

So I guess now it boils down to what year these kids were. 19-year old freshman, one thing, maybe. 22-year old pre-professionals, ehh you guys should be able to handle this.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:34 PM   #1593
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Doing a law degree does not qualify you to be a lawyer, no.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:40 PM   #1594
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Third year law undergrads would be 21 mostly. Surprised it took the mainstream press so long to pick it up if they were going to, this has been floating around facebook/student papers since friday? last week at the earliest. Not like I'm at the same university or knew anyone who would've taken it either. The Telegraph has picked it up as well which makes me laugh.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:43 PM   #1595
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If they went to Cambridge to do law they basically win Western society as well. Stupid Oxbridge.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:44 PM   #1596
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If they went to Cambridge to do law they basically win Western society as well. Stupid Oxbridge.
Nah that's Oxford PPE :p.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:49 PM   #1597
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I had to read books like the blasphemous Bell Jar in high school, something like that is pretty tame. It's amusing the English felt so squeamish over it at such an advanced age. The descriptions of some hentai titles are probably saucier than that!

Also Talon, as a general rule of thumb, law in the United States is the highest level of prestige in the world. We're the only country that issues doctorates as the base level legal degree, most other countries have it as undergraduate degrees which then allow them to pursue L.L.M.'s or J.D.'s at a later time.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:53 PM   #1599
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Third year law undergrads would be 21 mostly.
Okay, so you guys enter into "law school" at age 18 when you go to college. That's the way it is in a lot of countries, but is not how it is here in America. Most law schools would turn away someone who either a) lacks an undergraduate degree or else b) lacks any remarkable life experiences which qualify him/her for law school. And since getting that undergraduate degree is what you do from 18 to 22, usually, there you have it: our law students are usually 22 to 26 years old, and law school is seen as something you do after you already have a university degree in something.

In this case, I can see how a question like this might create a stir at certain American undergraduate institutions. I still think students should man the fuck up and mature, but I also appreciate that if these students were only ~21 years old, then some of them might not have felt that the questions were appropriate to pose to students of their level.

I think we can all agree that someone who is going to go into criminal law with a focus on sex crimes is going to have to study up on this stuff.
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I had to read books like the blasphemous Bell Jar in high school, something like that is pretty tame. It's amusing the English felt so squeamish over it at such an advanced age. The descriptions of some hentai titles are probably saucier than that!

Also Talon, as a general rule of thumb, law in the United States is the highest level of prestige in the world. We're the only country that issues doctorates as the base level legal degree, most other countries have it as undergraduate degrees which then allow them to pursue L.L.M.'s or J.D.'s at a later time.
Are you sure that's what Concept is saying though? 'Cause like, I know that in Japan, for instance, when you want to become a doctor, you do so at the level of a college student. You go to university (at age 18), enter the medical school division of the university, and complete a 6-year program. And you definitely walk out of it as a full-fledged physician, not some B.S. card-carrying lackey.
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:56 PM   #1600
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I felt like searching for a picture of a cute cat.
I was already in Japanese mode so I typed in 可愛い (cute).
Before I could type more, it recommended 可愛い髪型 (cute hairstyles). So I figured, "Sure, why not?" and clicked.
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It looks like a female, animu version of Roger Ebert after his throat surgery.
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