LC's post reminded me of this thread happening during last year's cycle, and I remember it as being an extremely useful tool as I prepared for the admissions process.
The point of this thread is to get this information down before the year starts and people begin to drift away from TLS, hopefully assisting future URM applicants who are curious about their chances.
Thanks in advance to everyone who participates in this thread, and thank you for keeping the URM forum a lively/positive place!
Last year's thread: http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... 4&t=224199
Type of URM: AA Male
LSAT: 164, 167
Softs: K-JD, Several internships, honor societies, undergraduate employment, extensive world travel, bilingual, excellent Letters of Recommendation
Advice: Begin constructing your essays and applications as early as possible, you'll be changing them up quite a bit. In that same vein, secure your Letters of Recommendation from professors as soon as possible, and politely let them know of your intent to submit your applications early on in the admissions process.
Don't settle for a mediocre LSAT score! Don't become complacent from the perceived 'URM Bump', aim for 180. Gaining a few extra points on the LSAT can completely change the course of your admissions cycle.
abdcefjj wrote:And when you get to your top law school, don't for one second believe that what might be lower test scores or GPA in anyway delegitimizes your right to be there. I wasted the first two years of undergrad feeling really inadequate and that I was just an affirmative action hire and all that BS, and it really affected my self-confidence and thus my GPA. But once I got over it, my GPA increased exponentially, and things I had only dreamed of before (graduating with honors, getting straights As in a semester) became a reality.
Don't sweat about how or why you got there and just ignore the haters (because I am sure there will be many). We have all been given an immense opportunity, and we should be spending our time in law school thinking how to use that opportunity for good rather than defending why we got it.
University of Michigan
University of Chicago