« on: July 20, 2007, 12:46:22 AM »
Okay, just to give you some background...I am a minority, but I don't consider myslef a URM. Nevertheless, most people when looking at me are very confused by my race, becacuse I'm mixed. I could pass as mexican american if I wanted to, based on the color of my skin and the way I look. Anyways, that really has nothing to do with my question:
Is there any negative consquences if you "check the box" saying that you are some kind of URM (African American, Native American, Mexican American, etc.) when you aren't when you are applying to law school? I mean, law schools don't define what these different races mean. Could you still qualify as a Native American if you grew up in a primarily native american community and identify with native americans and their culture? The law school applications don't provide a specific defintion, so it seems like it's open to interpretation....and if you take it to the most liberal extent, maybe anyone can consider themselves to be a URM given the proper context, regardless of the color of their skin. Also, it's not like law schools check the color of your skin, or verify your race somehow - since it's all self selection. So why not check the box? The advantages are too great to pass up, in terms of admissions and scholarships...depending on which URM you are its equivalent of getting a 6-9 pt boost on the LSAT. And, they aren't going to revoke your acceptance just because you dont "look" like a particular URM right?
This is a serious question - I have always wondered this. I am not necessarily against affirmative action, but, I have always wondered what prevents people from just cheating - since there seems to be no or little verification that the person is infact the race they claimed to be. Let me know your thoughts on this.