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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / URM verification
« on: November 13, 2005, 11:49:26 PM »
This is a very difficult topic to bring up. i feel this area at times becomes heated, but I am at a loss here. I have been brought up with a strong emphasis on substantial ties to native american heritage. I just assumed this was true, and thought it was great. I have never really pursued further proof. If asked my ethnicity I would say part native american,and the other part polish. I guess you could say I have features that would have some validity in this discussion, if that is possible. The problem I have is that as I just inhernetly checked off the box when I registered for lsdas and the lsat as native american, i could see how there are many ethical questions. Do you have to be a certain percent of an ethnicity to identify with it? I just feel there are so many arguments about race & ethnicity and how this is constructed, ingrained, or developed in one, is there a line to draw that would make it "right" or "wrong" to identify with this? It's rough because identifying with a minority group has never really come up as a right or wrong. I just always thought of it as embracing your heritage, and being a part of something bigger. The law school application process is the first time that there is such a tangible advantage for choosing to identify with an ethnicity. I am completley against picking and choosing when your race,economic status,or any other factors that make you, can help you, when at other times you push these aside. I just feel that I should be able to show some form of tangible proof of this, in order for it to be a sound decision. The only problem with that is that as I look to pursue any more information I hit a block in the road. Due to factors that most would not face, I do not have many people to turn to for information about my past. To state is briefly,bio father left when I was very young and passed away later from what I have been told. I have no contact with his family. My mother always told me about this part of me, and she recently passed away. My grandparents on her side of the family have both passed away. At this point I have a very select few of relatives I am in contact with to find out more. I feel as if I should claim URM, and this is just. The only drawback I see to this is providing substantial documentation.I would assume d.n.a testing is available, but that has to be very expensive. If that is the route I need to take then so be it, but for an undergrad student who is pursuing law is not something I like to throw around.If anyone has any input or info about this, please post. If you disagree with this post, please do not say anything offensive as I feel that I put a lot out here.

I having been toying around with ideas for a p.s. The general consensus seems to be that overcoming difficult things in life is a great topic to write about. My father passed away when I was in third grade, mother passed away latter in life. I am still in undergrad and basically have succeeded in many areas of life without the support of parents. I am at a loss about how to deal with this topic.  Should I discuss how this was difficult and has been an ongoing difficulty throughout my life, but by no means have I let it become crippling.

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