URM LSAT Boost?

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Miznitic

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URM LSAT Boost?

Postby Miznitic » Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:51 pm

Dumb question I'm sure, but I haven't been able to find an answer in my searching.

Upon scoring the LSAT, is there an actual Points boost if one is a URM? E.g., Person gets a 159, but because they are an URM, they get that bumped up a few points to a 165? Or is it only in the actual admittance process where a URM will get that bump?

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Re: URM LSAT Boost?

Postby Anastasia Dee Dualla » Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:55 pm

Miznitic wrote:Dumb question I'm sure, but I haven't been able to find an answer in my searching.

Upon scoring the LSAT, is there an actual Points boost if one is a URM? E.g., Person gets a 159, but because they are an URM, they get that bumped up a few points to a 165? Or is it only in the actual admittance process where a URM will get that bump?


There is (with rare exception) no specific number of points that can be paired with an applicant based solely on race. I am generally unwilling to engage in any sort of conjecture on this matter but for the sake of answering the question, I turned to Anna Ivey’s “The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions: Straight Advice on Essays, Resumes, Interviews, and More”. In it, Ivey (a former admissions director, contends that schools may give as much as a ten point boost in the LSAT score to URMs. However, she fails to differentiate between the various URM’s. However, before counting up your LSAT points with a boost, I have to admonish that, universally, there is limited empirical data regarding a general boost at all schools .
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Richie Tenenbaum

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Re: URM LSAT Boost?

Postby Richie Tenenbaum » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:01 pm

Miznitic wrote:Dumb question I'm sure, but I haven't been able to find an answer in my searching.

Upon scoring the LSAT, is there an actual Points boost if one is a URM? E.g., Person gets a 159, but because they are an URM, they get that bumped up a few points to a 165? Or is it only in the actual admittance process where a URM will get that bump?


The bump only happens in the actual admittance process and there is no hard and fast rule to what the actual bump is.

I would venture a guess that qualifying Hispanic can get a bump of around 5pts, AA can get a bump of around 10 pts, and NA can get a bump of 10+ pts. That is just a guess on my part, anyone can feel free to correct any of those numbers if you think I'm off. Keep in mind too that just b/c an URM can get a bump that means they are guaranteed to get such a bump. I think softs play a bigger role in an URM's application cycle.

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Re: URM LSAT Boost?

Postby lgsb2014 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:07 pm

There IS no boost with LSAT score.
What we get is simply more consideration of our scores. It has been proven that URMs score lower in standardized testing-- we often come from under served backgrounds and lack a good quality education. Admissions committee consider this.

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Re: URM LSAT Boost?

Postby Hoosier2 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:39 pm

lgsb2014 wrote:There IS no boost with LSAT score.
What we get is simply more consideration of our scores. It has been proven that URMs score lower in standardized testing-- we often come from under served backgrounds and lack a good quality education. Admissions committee consider this.


lol so yes

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Re: URM LSAT Boost?

Postby lgsb2014 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:03 pm

Hoosier2 wrote:
lgsb2014 wrote:There IS no boost with LSAT score.
What we get is simply more consideration of our scores. It has been proven that URMs score lower in standardized testing-- we often come from under served backgrounds and lack a good quality education. Admissions committee consider this.


lol so yes


It isn't a boost. It's something they just consider. It's not like they'll see my score and give me +3 points because of the hood I come from, or my race, or anything else.

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Re: URM LSAT Boost?

Postby Hoosier2 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:16 pm

lgsb2014 wrote:
Hoosier2 wrote:
lgsb2014 wrote:There IS no boost with LSAT score.
What we get is simply more consideration of our scores. It has been proven that URMs score lower in standardized testing-- we often come from under served backgrounds and lack a good quality education. Admissions committee consider this.


lol so yes


It isn't a boost. It's something they just consider. It's not like they'll see my score and give me +3 points because of the hood I come from, or my race, or anything else.


Do you think it would be considered if the applicant were asian?

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Re: URM LSAT Boost?

Postby L_William_W » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:34 pm

lgsb2014 wrote:There IS no boost with LSAT score.
What we get is simply more consideration of our scores. It has been proven that URMs score lower in standardized testing-- we often come from under served backgrounds and lack a good quality education. Admissions committee consider this.


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