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I'm not sure that the problem lies in T14 universities attitude towards Native Americans.  My experience as a Native American who just finished the application process this last cycle is only anecdotal, but I feel there was a real boost given to me based on my ancestry.  It came down to two T14 schools for me.  Both increased scholarships to compete for me and I got personal phone calls from admissions deans both talking about opportunities there.  While this is only my personal experience and only represent two T14 schools, it seems that they made a real effort to recruit me to their school.  I was only outright rejected by one school, and even got onto Harvard's waitlist. 

I think the problem lies more with the numbers of Native Americans applying.  I've heard the same stats that frybread said before- about 500 apply and about 350 matriculate.  And I would even venture to say that of the 350 that matriculate, few have a real connection to their culture or even know much about their heritage, but have the documentation to justify checking the box.  I think that schools probably look at Native American applicants that have grown up on a reservation/ are actually connected to their culture differently than they look at Native Americans who can check the box, but have nothing to talk about in a diversity statement.

Also, law school admissions largely judge URM applicants against each other rather than against all applicants.  (Whether or not they will admit it.)  So with so few Native Americans scoring about a 160 with many more blacks, hispanics, etc. scoring in that range, few Native Americans are competitive with other URMS for spots in T14 schools, leaving somewhere between 0-4 in each entering class.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Anyone else just go to decision at Duke?
« on: April 16, 2008, 04:59:30 PM »
Got a call from Duke Admissions this afternoon.  The lady asked how interested I still am in Duke.  Two hours later I got an accept e-mail.  I hadn't heard anything before then- no waitlist, no deferral, nothing.

Don't give up hope!

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Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: April 16, 2008, 04:57:37 PM »
Accepted at Duke today via e-mail.  I had almost given up hope!

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Duke ASW
« on: March 25, 2008, 04:38:14 PM »
Sigh... I wish I were going.  Looks like I can only hope for a WL at best at this point.

I would trade my Michigan acceptance for a Duke?  Anyone?

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Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: March 10, 2008, 01:00:50 PM »
Wow... great thread destroyed ....

RIP Accepted TODAY!!! thread... you gave me hope on a daily basis before you were killed by thread hijackers...

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Law School Admissions / Re: I applied to Duke and....
« on: March 03, 2008, 12:06:30 PM »
FWIW, I went complete 1-10 and was accepted yesterday with above-median numbers.  I did send a Why Duke Essay two weeks after going complete, which may have slowed the process.

Uh-oh...I went complete on 1/10, also.  Status checker still says decision.   :-\

How did you receive your acceptance?  Did your status checker ever change?

Did your status change to decision today?

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Law School Admissions / Re: Deloggio Posted New News
« on: February 12, 2008, 06:30:37 AM »

What if you've already applied?

If you have not yet heard from the law school, sending an addendum is a bad idea.  Your application will be pulled from the work flow and moved to the end of the stack. This might reduce an already-slim chance of admission.  Once you've been wait-listed, however, a good statement of interest can become valuable.

"Information provided by the DeLoggio Admissions Achievement Program.  Further information is available at <http://www.deloggio.com>, or by e-mail at <deloggio@mindspring.com>"

I'm going to the back of the line for sending an addendum!?  I wish I had known this a few days ago... great...

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Law School Admissions / Re: Harvard Status Checker Update
« on: February 11, 2008, 01:43:17 PM »
I'm thinking this was sent out to URMs.  Beesley, TallisUmbras, and myself all received it today, and are all URMs.  Seems like they are going to wait and see what other URM applications they get and then decide on us.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Harvard Status Checker Update
« on: February 11, 2008, 10:51:45 AM »
Are you a URM, ihatechoosing?  Maybe this is being sent out to boarderline URM applicants?

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Law School Admissions / Re: Harvard Status Checker Update
« on: February 11, 2008, 08:52:07 AM »
Update: Just got an e-mail from Harvard... and it's a deferral!  I'll gladly take a deferral. 

The e-mail said they wanted to give me an update on my application since I've been complete for approximately two months.... strange thing is I've been complete a little over two weeks.

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