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Law School Applications / Re: Semi-Splitter...
« on: July 24, 2008, 12:08:06 AM »
Your list seems like a pretty good range.  My best advice is just not to waste money on places you wouldn't be happy attending.  I applied to wayyyy too many schools, just to have some guaranteed acceptances, but looking back I should have applied to fewer schools and saved the time.

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Law School Applications / Re: Am i a URM?
« on: July 24, 2008, 12:05:20 AM »
I'm just making an observation for future applicants to put their numbers in perspective.

Everyone should keep their numbers in perspective and not assume anything. Because it's not a guaranteed bump for all AA's or NA's either. But I still disagree that the boost for Hispanics is as small as you're making it out to be, and I don't necessarily think LSN is representative of URM's experience. Also different schools view Hispanics differently (some do seem to only give a boost to Mexicans, others are broader). 

I guess it could be that I just applied to all of the schools in America that did not need Puerto Ricans.  :)

All kidding aside, where I saw the most pronounced difference between myself and a non-URM applicant was in scholarship offers rather than acceptances, which is admittedly not a trivial difference.  I feel like my acceptances were all basically ballpark for my numbers, but I was offered more money at some places than I feel my numbers warranted.

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Law School Applications / Re: Am i a URM?
« on: July 23, 2008, 09:10:35 PM »
URM = African American or Native American.

Nothing else *really* matters.  Some schools care if you are Hispanic, others don't.  (And none care unless you are Mexican or Puerto Rican.)  You might get a couple of extra points (1 or 2) on the LSAT if you are Hispanic, but that's it.  I don't think being Asian American helps or hurts you.

I don't think this is true at all. Yes, AA's and NA's may get a larger boost, but I don't think it's as cut and dry as all that.

URM really does mean under represented. If a school doesn't have a large representation of a certain group, they may very well be willing to look past the applicant's numbers. At the very least, it could keep an applicant from being an auto-reject.



It might take you out of auto-reject, but realistically AA's and NA's get a SIGNIFICANTLY larger boost than Hispanics.  I'm not saying that's good or bad, just saying.  Check LSN.  Hispanics get a tiny boost, but it's nothing compared to the other groups, and it's nothing compared to the boosts Hispanics get for UG.

Dee doesn't need to check LSN...she's hispanic and participated in last year's cycle with mucho success.



That's great to hear; but I think that if anyone checks LSN they will see that the more drastic cases for Hispanics are relative outliers, whereas it is way more common to see drastic cases of out of the norm acceptances with AAs or NAs.

I'm Hispanic as well, and I'm sure it helped my cycle to an extent but AAs with the same numbers as me did light years better.

I'm opposed to Affirmative Action in general, so I'm not complaining per se.  I'm just making an observation for future applicants to put their numbers in perspective.

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Law School Applications / Re: Semi-Splitter...
« on: July 23, 2008, 06:54:53 PM »
I don't know about top 25.  If you want to be east coast, try Temple, American, Villanova, St. John's.  I think for top 25 you would probably need to retake.  You might get a little money from Temple or St. John's, probably not Villanova or American since they are not historically very generous (unless you want to apply for the Public Interest fellowship at American, which is pretty much their only grant aid.)

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Law School Applications / Re: Am i a URM?
« on: July 23, 2008, 06:51:54 PM »
URM = African American or Native American.

Nothing else *really* matters.  Some schools care if you are Hispanic, others don't.  (And none care unless you are Mexican or Puerto Rican.)  You might get a couple of extra points (1 or 2) on the LSAT if you are Hispanic, but that's it.  I don't think being Asian American helps or hurts you.

I don't think this is true at all. Yes, AA's and NA's may get a larger boost, but I don't think it's as cut and dry as all that.

URM really does mean under represented. If a school doesn't have a large representation of a certain group, they may very well be willing to look past the applicant's numbers. At the very least, it could keep an applicant from being an auto-reject.



It might take you out of auto-reject, but realistically AA's and NA's get a SIGNIFICANTLY larger boost than Hispanics.  I'm not saying that's good or bad, just saying.  Check LSN.  Hispanics get a tiny boost, but it's nothing compared to the other groups, and it's nothing compared to the boosts Hispanics get for UG.

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Law School Applications / Re: Am i a URM?
« on: July 23, 2008, 05:20:53 PM »
URM = African American or Native American.

Nothing else *really* matters.  Some schools care if you are Hispanic, others don't.  (And none care unless you are Mexican or Puerto Rican.)  You might get a couple of extra points (1 or 2) on the LSAT if you are Hispanic, but that's it.  I don't think being Asian American helps or hurts you.

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Law School Applications / Re: Accuracy of the admissions calculators.
« on: July 23, 2008, 05:17:32 PM »
I think the LSAC calculator was pretty accurate.  The process is very numbers-driven so the LSAC graphs are very useful.

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Law School Applications / Re: Semi-Splitter...
« on: July 23, 2008, 05:15:26 PM »
Where are you looking to practice?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: who else...?
« on: July 21, 2008, 10:37:37 PM »
I'm really excited, but my friends who are in law school, or recently graduated, are doing their best to change that!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Summer Reading?
« on: July 16, 2008, 11:26:35 AM »
We just got a general reading assignment, not for a particular class.  I guess it will be discussed during orientation?  We don't have schedules yet, either.

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