Yeah that's a good question. If everything else is equal in the two candidates application, the caucasian would get a slightly better chance. It's just that the average LSAT score for asians is higher than caucasians (seems that way for all standardized test)...I will try to find the link and post it. I honestly don't know why the averages are different here. Anyways, law schools try to maintain certain ratios between all minorities, so what ends up happening is you end up competing against your own race. For something very anecdotal - Here is something from wikipedia that shows SAT scores (it's almost 10 years old though) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:1995-SAT-Income2.png
It's possible that your two asisan friends had something stellar about their application. This is not a blanket statement that every Asian is at a disadvantage 100% of the time. Maybe they had an awesome PS or extraordinary soft factors. I'm just saying that the average scores for Asians are higher than other races, which will tend to hurt rather than help an asian candidate, as the Asian candidate will be compared to the rest of the Asian pool in the respective law school. Just as African American admits are not compared to the average caucasian, but rather the average African American applicant - the same thing goes with Asians.
I don't think diversity is achieved by having a certain % be a minority as the sole criteria.....I'm sure everyone can agree that 50% White and 50% Asian would NOT be a diverse student population LOL....
I went to a magnet program in high school that was put at a certain school to bring UP the amount of white people at the school and even that program still had a very high percentage of Asians.
Quote from: queencruella on July 22, 2007, 01:06:29 PMI went to a magnet program in high school that was put at a certain school to bring UP the amount of white people at the school and even that program still had a very high percentage of Asians. That's funny...I went to a school where I was 1 of 3 non-black students. I also went to a school (in Japan) where I was the only non-Japanese student. Then, I chose to go to a historically black university for undergrad. I am going to Univ. of Houston in the fall (73% white). I may experience "culture shock!"
I'm popular everywhere I go! Kidding aside, yes I did receive a lot of attention. I lived in Kyoto, so there were quite a few tourists. However, when I stayed for a few weeks in Oita, a much smaller city, and definitely not a center of tourism, I received MUCH more attention. In fact, a small boy ran up and touched me while I was on my bicycle. It startled me, and I actually fell off the bike. Hilarious!