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Law School Applications / Working under the table
« on: August 27, 2007, 09:44:38 AM »
Assume that someone's GPA is relatively weak owing largely to working a 30+ hour a week job during their first couple of years of college, which they plan to write a brief addendum for.  However, the job this person had was an under the table position.  Actually, for the better part of three years they did not have a "job", at least for tax purposes.

Should someone include this position in their academic resume submitted to law schools? Obviously, the real issue here isn't the schools finding out, it's the bar review committee.  Do you think the committee would dig this much?

EDIT: Please no condescending "They shouldn't be practicing law", rhetoric.  I know that there are plenty of people here that have held under the table positions or have violated copyright laws by downloading movies or what not.

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Law School Applications / Re: Quick little race box question
« on: June 06, 2007, 01:11:49 PM »
Im a mixture of many backgrounds, one of which is African, but most of which are about as white as can be.


What is the call with the check box?

Am I allowed to check both white and African?


I'd certainly feel weird checking just the African box, but, I mean, lets be honest, I wouldnt mind getting that URM boost.

There are no set in stone rules for how much of a percentage (one eigth, one quarter, one half) of a certain minority actually constitutes being that minority, and for a law school to implement such a policy would be laughable.  It's not their job to play ethnicity police.  Furthermore, law schools have an incentive to inflate minority numbers, so how does it really hurt them?

The only scare tactic that I ever see used is the "You will fail the bar review's character and fitness/background check/whatever review": Good luck finding evidence of that ever happening.  Like law schools, who is the bar review to say what percentage one must be to become a minority?

The only time I could see serious repercussions would be in the case of outright fraud-- claiming that you are an ethnicity when you in fact don't have a lick of it in you.

So feel free to go ahead and click on whatever box you wish if you feel it will give you an advantage; we're not saving the manatees here...

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Law School Applications / Re: URM in the Absence of Hardship
« on: May 25, 2007, 11:52:43 AM »
Thanks for the replies.

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Law School Applications / URM in the Absence of Hardship
« on: May 25, 2007, 01:14:14 AM »
Simple question:

If someone's ancestry is one of URM status (say at least 1/2 Black, Chicano, Hispanic, etc.), but they feel they have faced no real racial hardships because of it, and therefore do not highlight it in neither a personal statement or diversity statement, would the simple identification as such on law school applications garner them special treatment in the application process?

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Minority Topics / Wrong Forum
« on: May 25, 2007, 01:06:41 AM »
Wrong Forum

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