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Studying for the LSAT / Re: URM Status
« on: January 18, 2007, 05:33:27 PM »
okay so on applications in the past whenever i am aked about race i choose "other" because i am half east indian and half african and im not just "Asian" or just "African/Black" the application asks. on my law school applications i am definitely going to apply as usual. my question is, will admissions be considering me a URM or not? Thanks for replying.

I am the same background as you are and applied the very same way -"other" and then specified my ethnicity. We are still minorities so hopefully we will be considered URM.

BTW, are you of Caribbean/West Indian descent?

Law School Admissions / Re: DECISION DATES FOR 2006/2007 CYCLE
« on: January 18, 2007, 06:35:14 AM »
Has anyone gotten any "false alarms"?

I've gotten a package from one of the law schools enclosing their 2007 brochure.  I was sooo
Today I got an e-mail from another school about a nationwide scholarship opportunity for "accepted students."
This is frustrating me...

Quote from: MoniLi

What do you consider yourself to be?  If I were you, I would check both Indian/South Asian and Black if I could, because that is your heritage.  I would then address your West Indian heritage in a diversity statement.  I am a Black Bermudian, so I checked the Black/African American box and then talked about my Bermudian/West Indian background in my diversity statement.

The concept of West Indian is a little confusing because like Hispanic, it an ethnic/cultural/geographic term, not a racial term.  The original poster mentions being Asian and West Indian, but that doesn't address the race of his/her West Indian parent. The best way to communicate West Indian heritage is through a diversity statement, when you can elaborate on your culture and how it has affected you.

Thanks, I agree with you. I consider myself to be of African/East Indian descent.  Unfortunately the online apps on LSAC are not allowing me to check two boxes. That only affects two of my applications though.  The rest of the applications give me the option to write in my ethnicity/race and in that case i just write Caribbean Black/South Asian. Thanks for the suggestion on the diversity statement. Guess I will check Black/African-American on the other two and then expound after in the statement.

True, West Indian isnt specific enough for them.  As unfair as it is, when you are not Hispanic/Latino, it generally doesnt matter if you come from a culture/region that is multiethnic. Especially when your group is so small here.

Thanks for responding.

For any type of applicatons I usually just put asian but technically I am half chinese and half west indian (cant narrow to one country there), so should I just conform to what I usually do with my race or should I check other and write asian/west indian?
Will putting both races give me an adtantage over just putting one race?

I am contemplating this as well.  The older I get, the more i really dislike identifying as something i am not. Both of my parents are west indian - one of south asian descent and the other of african descent. My lsac info says other, but who knows what i marked on the lsat. I dont consider myself african-american and somewhat feel marking such is false. At the same time some people say you are screwing yourself marking anythin else, especially with the way people of african descent are treated. The applications where you can write in your ethnicity are great but unfortunately they are not the majority...

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