Rate my likely URM LSAT boost

(BLS, URM status, non-traditional, GLBT)

My URM LSAT boost

+2 points
11
28%
+3 points
9
23%
+4 points
3
8%
+5 points
5
13%
More than 5 points
11
28%
 
Total votes: 39

latinolaw
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Rate my likely URM LSAT boost

Postby latinolaw » Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:36 am

My mother is Mexican, dad is American, and I grew up in Latin America but went to college in the US. How many points do you think the admissions committees will boost my LSAT score?

BenJ
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Re: Rate my likely URM LSAT boost

Postby BenJ » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:16 pm

It's not that simple, but as long as you check the "Mexican" box, you'll perform around as well as a non-URM with an LSAT 5-7 points higher than yours.

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newyorker88
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Re: Rate my likely URM LSAT boost

Postby newyorker88 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:35 pm

The "URM boost" does not work like that.

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chicoalto0649
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Re: Rate my likely URM LSAT boost

Postby chicoalto0649 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:42 pm

Mexican American here-

Did you write a diversity statement? did ur ps touch on diversity/give a compelling narrative? If you don't mention why you would bring something unique to the class then ur boost could be minimal. If went further than checking the box your boost could be moderate to substantial.....Mex-American cycles seems to vary alot on LSN

latinolaw
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Re: Rate my likely URM LSAT boost

Postby latinolaw » Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:35 pm

chicoalto0649 wrote:Mexican American here-

Did you write a diversity statement? did ur ps touch on diversity/give a compelling narrative? If you don't mention why you would bring something unique to the class then ur boost could be minimal. If went further than checking the box your boost could be moderate to substantial.....Mex-American cycles seems to vary alot on LSN


Yes, I wrote a thorough diversity statement and my PS highlights th fact that I bring a rare (= under rpresented?) perspective and experience to the student body.

latinolaw
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Re: Rate my likely URM LSAT boost

Postby latinolaw » Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:38 pm

newyorker88 wrote:The "URM boost" does not work like that.


So, it's not factored into an equation, per say?

But, if I am in the 25 percentile at a given school, for example, my "under representedness" might mitigate my lower score (163 at a school with a 166 median, say)?

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newyorker88
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Re: Rate my likely URM LSAT boost

Postby newyorker88 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:15 pm

latinolaw wrote:
newyorker88 wrote:The "URM boost" does not work like that.


So, it's not factored into an equation, per say?



URM status does factor into the equation but it is not something that an be quantified numerically.

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taw856
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Re: Rate my likely URM LSAT boost

Postby taw856 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:18 pm

I always wondered if anyone has ever successfully written a diversity statement implying that they will bring to a particular school the unique perspective of someone less qualified to be there...

am060459
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Re: Rate my likely URM LSAT boost

Postby am060459 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:18 pm

i dont see an option for NO POINTS.

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hiromoto45
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Re: Rate my likely URM LSAT boost

Postby hiromoto45 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:19 pm

latinolaw wrote:My mother is Mexican, dad is American, and I grew up in Latin America but went to college in the US. How many points do you think the admissions committees will boost my LSAT score?


Are you a permanent resident or U.S. citizen? If not you probably won't get a boost.

latinolaw
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Re: Rate my likely URM LSAT boost

Postby latinolaw » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:25 pm

hiromoto45 wrote:
latinolaw wrote:My mother is Mexican, dad is American, and I grew up in Latin America but went to college in the US. How many points do you think the admissions committees will boost my LSAT score?


Are you a permanent resident or U.S. citizen? If not you probably won't get a boost.


If I'm not whatI won't get a boost? (I am a citizen.)

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Drake014
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Re: Rate my likely URM LSAT boost

Postby Drake014 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:28 pm

taw856 wrote:I always wondered if anyone has ever successfully written a diversity statement implying that they will bring to a particular school the unique perspective of someone less qualified to be there...


George Bush, but back then it was just part of the personal statement.




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