Nightrunner wrote:OS, I want to believe you. I really do. But as the recipient of the worst URM boost in history - when there were maybe 5 Native males scoring in the 99th percentile - I have to laugh maniacally (and then cry a little bit) whenever someone talks about "holistic admissions."
Is your GPA below 3.0? If it is the only school that would take you even as a Native American with a LSAT in the 99th percentile, is probably Northwestern, unless you ED'd at UVA. I think it's harder for adcomms to take below 3.0 URM's because doing so would be counter intuitive to the "theoretical foundations" of affirmative action. You'd probably be way better off with a 3.4 160 than a 2.4 170. Not saying both are equivalent.
Going back to OP's question, Blacks, especially Black males can get into almost every school other URM's can't given the same numbers. Look at LSN and people in the URM thread for examples. You have Black 3.4-3.5 and 160-164's getting into the T-6 while similar numbered Mexican-American, PR, NA barely getting into the T-14.
Some examples notice the differences:
Of course this all has to be taken with a huge bag of salt because we all know numbers matter way less when it comes to URM's, but at least anecdotally it seems like Blacks receive incomparable boost relative to other URM's.