« on: January 05, 2007, 12:25:46 PM »
Ok, i was only guessing abour the URMs. From what I understand, URM does not mean minority, it means under represented. So Asians don't count. I'd say Af Americans, Hispanics, Nat. Americans are probably the majority of them. At Columbia total minority enrollment is 32% and actual URMs are 17%, a bit more than half. At Harvard total minority enrollment is 34%, at NYU it's 25%.
Lets assume that top law schools would prefer to take a URM with high scores when possible, but is willing to dip a bit more than normal with a URM in order to keep minority percentages high (between 25-35% of entering class). Half of the minorities are not going to be under represented anyway, so law schools don't worry about them. So now there's about 15% of the class made up of groups that are harder to get. That's where you have URMs with slightly lower scores getting into better schools. This could mean a URM with a 169 Lsat is going to Yale. Or a 167er will get into Columbia. It does not mean that they're taking places away from other high scorers, just that they get to jump the cue a bit as far as Lsat scores. All 167ers can get into a t14, but the URM will get into a better one.
A 155er URM is NOT going to Harvard or Columbia or even probably G-town. A 163er URM might get into G-town, but most likely is not taking the spot away from a 173er regular applicant. Again, not all URMs will have lower LSAT scores. The URMs who are 170+ are going to be grabbed first by most of the top law schools and they're the same guys that would take a t14 spot even if they weren't URM. So I don't think it's correct to say that URM take spaces from other applicants. Of the 4000 167ers we're hypothetically dealing with, probably a few hundred are URMs anyway.
In conclusion, in my opinion, even with the URMs having a bit of a boost, there is still room at the top for the rest of us.