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Affirmative Action / Re: Minority Law School Enrollment Declining
« on: February 27, 2008, 04:56:33 PM »
While on the subject of declining enrollment of minority students, I'd thought I'd throw out some statistics about Puerto-Rican-American law school students: The number of Puerto-Rican-American law school students has been steadily declining for over a decade, despite a growth of about of roughly 12.5% in the number of stateside Puerto Ricans occurring over the same time period. A statistic drawn from ABA data indicated that in 2007, only about 130 J.D. degrees were awarded to Puerto-Rican-Americans in the U.S mainland, which is about 10 degrees less than the amount awarded to Puerto-Rican-Americans in 1989. Presently, Puerto-Rican-Americans account for about 1.5% of the total U.S. population, or roughly 4,000,000. According to ABA data, in 2007, the median percentage of law school students who identified themselves as Puerto Rican was about .2%. Currently, the vast majority of U.S. law schools, have no Puerto-Rican-American students in attendance.

Affirmative Action / Re: Listing race on your application
« on: February 27, 2008, 04:01:17 PM »
Many applications seriously take socio-economic background into consideration. Anyone who's submitted a Boalt application, for example, would know they dedicate an entire page of the application to applicants' socio-economic background ("Socio-economic Questionnaire"). They ask not just about financial background, but also about educational background, i.e. whether or not you're a first-generation college student.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: BC Admitted Student Weekend
« on: February 27, 2008, 03:37:38 PM »
Are you speaking of the April 4th Open House? I'll may attend then. The admissions packet says more information about the Open House will be forthcoming...

Boston College--it's a T1 law school with amazing post-grad job opportunities, without all the cutthroat competition at the other T1's.

Law School Applications / Deferred?
« on: February 18, 2008, 10:35:17 PM »
I got an e-mail over a month and a half ago stating my application was currently "under review". If it has taken this long to reach any sort of decision am I likely to be deferred?

Affirmative Action / Re: Listing race on your application
« on: February 18, 2008, 06:06:27 PM »
Minorities have a big advantage.  If you are a minority - check the box.

Well not always, I'm an example of minority that isn't a URM. Go arabs!
But yes, if you are an Under Represented Minority it would be most advisable to check the corresponding box. And i guess it really can't hurt if you're a plain old minority also.

P.S. FOTCs kick azz.

Yeah, they most certainly do!

Also remember that "under-represented minorities" is not exclusive to racial/ethnic minorities. It also includes gender, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, etc. Don't over-emphasize the importance of racial identification in the admissions process, as mostly every application is evaluated holistically.

Law School Applications / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: February 17, 2008, 02:05:42 AM »
Thanks! I got my letter today (Saturday 2/16) and was so happy to be admitted into a Tier 1 Law School that I couldn't help but to cry. According to GPA/LSAT score predictions I had a about a .7% chance of being accepted.

Law School Applications / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: February 17, 2008, 01:44:42 AM »
^I got into BC about 5 weeks ago.

Also, got my Cornell package today! I wasn't sure it was real when I got the email, but now I think I believe it.

Congrats. What's your preference of the two?

The law school I was recently accepted to asks for a certified transcript but I'm not entirely sure how to obtain one. Is a certified transcript simply an official transcript that indicates the degree has been awarded?

Law School Applications / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: February 16, 2008, 08:45:07 PM »
I received an acceptance to Boston College Law School today! I was wondering who else on here has been admitted there?

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