SMA22 wrote:Gaia, I'm going to back you on this one--I just want to say, law school is about diverse groups learning to see eye to eye, not highlighting their differences. I got this far because I worked my butt off, like everybody else who got in the 170s. I want to prep like someone who wants to go to law school, not like a URM.
To anybody taking, regardless of their heritage or socioeconomic status, good luck!
Wanted to respond to this earlier but never got around to it until now.
IMHO, law school has nothing to do with what you're suggesting. Law school, like the legal career to follow, is far from diverse (and I not only speak about diversity along racial lines, but also cultural and social). Of course the admission committees of many law schools will state they are seeking a 'diverse' group of people and flaunt their stats to show how 'diverse' their numbers. But the reality remains that it is still a legal education dominated by Caucasians and until recently, males. IMO, law school is simply there to get you from Point A to B. Nothing more, nothing less. Interestingly enough, like employment rates, law schools exaggerate their 'diversity' figures. It's a completely different reality once you get past those doors.
That said, no one is challenging the efforts you made to get your 170+ nor is one suggesting you had to study differently to get your 170 as a URM. You prepped like a LSAT student and you kicked ass like one who did what they needed to do. Fabulous. But best believe that no matter your LSAT score, the world outside of TLS will first see and judge you on the basis of your skin color/ethnicity and most certainly your gender even if you aced your LSAT, held your own at a top law school and graduated with top honors.
It is what it is. But on the real, this thread's purpose is to simply hear from fellow URMs on how they rocked the exam.
Once again, congratulations on your score, thanks for your contribution and good luck with the remainder of your cycle.