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how much does it really matter?

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how much does it really matter?
« on: October 24, 2005, 12:51:28 PM »
So, I'm an African American male and you've probably noticed that there aren't too many of use persuing higher education.  So I was just wondering how much of a difference it makes if you are an URM? Does it really increase your chances of admission to a school or not?

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Re: how much does it really matter?
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2005, 12:52:05 PM »
So, I'm an African American male and you've probably noticed that there aren't too many of use persuing higher education.  So I was just wondering how much of a difference it makes if you are an URM? Does it really increase your chances of admission to a school or not?

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Re: how much does it really matter?
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2005, 12:56:20 PM »
So, I'm an African American male and you've probably noticed that there aren't too many of use persuing higher education.  So I was just wondering how much of a difference it makes if you are an URM? Does it really increase your chances of admission to a school or not?

It matters an incredible deal.  Many will tell you that they will add anywhere between 5-10 points on your LSAT solely for being an african american male.  So...yes.

Re: how much does it really matter?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2005, 12:08:31 AM »
I think it was something like 8-10 pts for African Americans.  Of course this is on average, so you can't just add 8-10 pts to your LSAT and pretend that's what you have.  But it is DEF a big help.

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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2005, 12:32:38 AM »
A big boost.  You're in better shape than you think, no matter what your scores are.

Re: how much does it really matter?
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2005, 12:40:01 AM »
I once thought about getting a genetic test that would prove that I'm part American Indian.  Now, mind you, I don't know the first damn thing about being an Indian.  Imagine a white bread like me turning in a genetic test with law school applications.

And, you're asking if it really matters?