Is the URM boost hurting URMs?

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Is the URM boost hurting URMs?

Postby DaRascal » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:41 am

TMI
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Re: Is the URM boost hurting URMs?

Postby bernaldiaz » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:47 am

Even if all your premises are accepted as true, your conclusion doesn't necessarily follow. You are assuming that the URM boost ends at law axhool admissions. If URMs are given a bump in the hiring process as well, then below median grades at a top school may not hurt them.

I don't know anything about this actually, though. Just wanted to point out a hole in your argument.

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Re: Is the URM boost hurting URMs?

Postby DaRascal » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:53 am

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Re: Is the URM boost hurting URMs?

Postby bowser » Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:00 am

As to money: From what I've seen URMs receive comparable $$ to other applicants. Their numbers are judged differently for scholarship purposes--you can be well below LSAT median and get $$$.

I think it's an overstatement to claim that most URMs are likely to graduate below median. The LSAT doesn't predict performance as well as that. The rule that holds for all other applicants probably holds for URMs as well: your actual performance is impossible to predict, even with a fairly large LSAT disparity with the rest of the population, so the best bet is to go to the highest-ranking school possible.

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Re: Is the URM boost hurting URMs?

Postby soj » Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:49 am

With the boost, URMs can get into all the schools they would have gotten into without the boost, and with more money. Even if attending a better school hurts their class rank (dubious), it might be a net gain in employment prospects.

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