The answer is no. I applied to 20 schools: Rejected at 8 accepted at 8 WL at 3. 20th is incommunicado. So much for my American Indian heritage as a benefit to law school acceptance. My #1 choice has me on the WL (still) and they use an Indian tribe as their mascot. Go figure...
When you say "Indian Heritage", do you mean Indian ancestry, or that you are an active member of an Indian tribe? Frankly, I think schools are becoming more and more leery of people asserting Indianness, and want to see lots of cultural affiliation on the resume, DS and PS.
Quote from: frybread on July 05, 2008, 11:29:30 PMWhen you say "Indian Heritage", do you mean Indian ancestry, or that you are an active member of an Indian tribe? Frankly, I think schools are becoming more and more leery of people asserting Indianness, and want to see lots of cultural affiliation on the resume, DS and PS. This is also what I assumed, realizing that self-selecting as NA is different than black or hispanic. Still, to restate my concern in a different way: if law schools can legitimately "weed out" those self-selected NDNs, resulting in the matriculation of only one or two NDNs, how much of a sense of urgency is there to matriculate as many Native Americans as reasonably possible? While I support the law schools' need to "weed out" some NDNs, I am concerned that it is becoming acceptable for law schools to matriculate very few NDNs. As a result the reasoning becomes 1) there are not enough qualified NDNs and 2) there aren't enough NDNs who are "Indian" enough. I guess the numbers make me question the sense of responsibility that the T14 has to enroll NDNs.
Native Americans/American Indians (or as I shorthand, NDN ) are very underrepresented in law school. Less than 500 Indians (average over the past 5 years) apply to law school, less than 350 actually matriculate (and I suspect a fair number of those are Indians in Card/Ancestor Only, with little to no cultural affiliation.) The T20 take 40 of those, traditional NDN programs such as Arizona, NM, OK and Denver, another 80-90. The mean LSAT for NDNs in 2006 was around 149, versus 154 for white/Asians; fewer than 1% of NDNs score a 165+.I'm Maine/Quebec Abenaki, strongly culturally affiliated (as well as involved in pan-Indian politics), and will be applying to most of the T14 from T6 on down (although I'll probably throw an app at Stanford.) What are you thinking about for schools?
Frybread could you tell me where you found the data suggesting 1% of American Indians score over 165? As part of the application process I am researching urm representation at law schools and have not found data broken down to that extent. Is it lsat report 04-01 from October 2004? I wish you the best of luck in the application process; I am sure you will have great results.p.s. i count 47 American Indians at top 20 schools, last year Chicago and Duke also lacked a single incoming American Indian 1L.Five schools in the top 20 have 1 incoming American Indian. Schools with highest American Indian 1L enrollment: Oklahoma 18, Tulsa 13,Arizona 12, Arizona State 12, Florida Coastal 10, New Mexico 8, Wisconsin 8, Oklahoma City 8, Berkeley, Texas Wesleyan 7.