Biracial versus AA?

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feyonce
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Biracial versus AA?

Postby feyonce » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:40 pm

I'm a biracial female, half black and half white. Would law schools view me more favorably if I identify as AA or as biracial? I personally identify as biracial, but I want to have the best chance of getting into law school as possible.

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Re: Biracial versus AA?

Postby Fresh » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:43 pm

feyonce wrote:I'm a biracial female, half black and half white. Would law schools view me more favorably if I identify as AA or as biracial? I personally identify as biracial, but I want to have the best chance of getting into law school as possible.


You want to identify as what you are - biracial. Check the AA box and the White box. Even if you view yourself as biracial, your perception socially is usually as black, so committees consider your application with that in mind.

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Re: Biracial versus AA?

Postby typ3 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:05 pm

Barack checked both black and white on his application. Most people consider him black though.

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Re: Biracial versus AA?

Postby Drake014 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:06 pm

feyonce wrote:I'm a biracial female, half black and half white. Would law schools view me more favorably if I identify as AA or as biracial? I personally identify as biracial, but I want to have the best chance of getting into law school as possible.


If they have 2 boxes, check 2 boxes. If they only let you check a multiracial box (i've never seen this) then go with black.

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Re: Biracial versus AA?

Postby booby87 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:23 pm

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JaLeCa
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Re: Biracial versus AA?

Postby JaLeCa » Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:26 pm

Rule of thumb is to identify as you have been up until you decided to apply to school. The schools don't want you to use status in your favor if you haven't been for all these years.

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Re: Biracial versus AA?

Postby feyonce » Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:52 pm

Awesome -- Thanks everyone!!




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