Can this help me?

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BallHog
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Can this help me?

Postby BallHog » Thu May 31, 2012 5:03 am

I know I am not technically "URM," but my parents were born and raised in India. I was born and raised in England. I moved to the USA 7 years ago and am one year away from finishing my undergrad. I'm basically diversity in a nutshell. Can/will this help me?

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Re: Can this help me?

Postby BallHog » Thu May 31, 2012 5:49 am

also off topic, but my brother graduated from Duke a couple years ago (undergrad). Can this help me for law school?

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Re: Can this help me?

Postby thederangedwang » Thu May 31, 2012 6:31 am

1) It wont help you as in you wont get any sort of bump like URMs would. It could be a decent diversity topic but even a brilliant essay is still a small factor when weighed against lsat and gpa...and besides, just cause you are an Indian that has grown up in UK then USA is not a proper diversity topic if there is nothing else to back that up. Indeed, that actually really isnt that diverse considering the UK has historically been an immigrant state and Indian was its commonwealth, and the same deal with the US.

2) No. The only foreseeable way this could even remotely help you is if you end up really trying to get into Duke and so you write a Why Duke essay and you mention your brother. Only then could it possibly help you..and it will still only help you a little even then.

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Re: Can this help me?

Postby Nova » Thu May 31, 2012 1:20 pm

1. Not much, if at all. Although, you should still write about in a DS if you dont cover it extensively in your PS.

2. Absolutely not

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Re: Can this help me?

Postby BallHog » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:25 am

Thank you for the responses!

Another quick question: I will be entering Law school having JUST turned 21. I will be really young. Hurt/Help/Neither?

Thanks again!

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Re: Can this help me?

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:27 am

BallHog wrote:Thank you for the responses!

Another quick question: I will be entering Law school having JUST turned 21. I will be really young. Hurt/Help/Neither?

Thanks again!
Most people who go straight through school to law school are only like 22. You'll be a bit younger than the average (most schools average around 24-25), but I'd bet that's skewed by relatively few students quite a bit older than the majority.

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Re: Can this help me?

Postby Tom Joad » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:27 am

Won't help. Probably neither.

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Re: Can this help me?

Postby top30man » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:31 am

Tom Joad wrote:Won't help. Probably neither.

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Re: Can this help me?

Postby BallHog » Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:52 am

rinkrat19 wrote:
BallHog wrote:Thank you for the responses!

Another quick question: I will be entering Law school having JUST turned 21. I will be really young. Hurt/Help/Neither?

Thanks again!
Most people who go straight through school to law school are only like 22. You'll be a bit younger than the average (most schools average around 24-25), but I'd bet that's skewed by relatively few students quite a bit older than the majority.


I am almost two years younger than most people in my class at the moment, but I see what you are getting at. Thank you!

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Re: Can this help me?

Postby thederangedwang » Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:33 am

BallHog wrote:Thank you for the responses!

Another quick question: I will be entering Law school having JUST turned 21. I will be really young. Hurt/Help/Neither?

Thanks again!

As long as you are of drinking age, all is well

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Re: Can this help me?

Postby BallHog » Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:09 pm

thederangedwang wrote:1) It wont help you as in you wont get any sort of bump like URMs would. It could be a decent diversity topic but even a brilliant essay is still a small factor when weighed against lsat and gpa...and besides, just cause you are an Indian that has grown up in UK then USA is not a proper diversity topic if there is nothing else to back that up. Indeed, that actually really isnt that diverse considering the UK has historically been an immigrant state and Indian was its commonwealth, and the same deal with the US.

2) No. The only foreseeable way this could even remotely help you is if you end up really trying to get into Duke and so you write a Why Duke essay and you mention your brother. Only then could it possibly help you..and it will still only help you a little even then.


Well I have a passport in all three countries. It's "rare" in the way that I have seen more African Americans and Hispanic Americans here then English Indian Americans. :D
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Re: Can this help me?

Postby Br3v » Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:12 pm

thederangedwang wrote:
BallHog wrote:Thank you for the responses!

Another quick question: I will be entering Law school having JUST turned 21. I will be really young. Hurt/Help/Neither?

Thanks again!

As long as you are of drinking age, all is well


To be clear though, you obviously do not have to be of the drinking age to attend

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Re: Can this help me?

Postby BallHog » Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:12 pm

Br3v wrote:
thederangedwang wrote:
BallHog wrote:Thank you for the responses!

Another quick question: I will be entering Law school having JUST turned 21. I will be really young. Hurt/Help/Neither?

Thanks again!

As long as you are of drinking age, all is well


To be clear though, you obviously do not have to be of the drinking age to attend

Right.




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