any chance there's an unofficial boost for being Hmong?

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any chance there's an unofficial boost for being Hmong?

Postby tyang » Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:30 pm

the Hmong fought with the US during the Vietnam War, and were resettled here as refugees in the 70's and 80's. i realize they are not on the list so the official answer is probably no...but do you think adcomms will consider it since we have a vastly different experience than traditional Asian-American groups?

i'm thinking that if they do, it's only at those schools located in states with a large Hmong population (CA, MN, WI are the big ones)...i'm not banking on any boost and I am studying for a retake, but i thought i'd ask since i can't find anything yet

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Re: any chance there's an unofficial boost for being Hmong?

Postby Clemenceau » Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:46 pm

Not an expert on URM boosts, but I highly doubt it.

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Re: any chance there's an unofficial boost for being Hmong?

Postby DaysToGo » Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:00 pm

tyang wrote:the Hmong fought with the US during the Vietnam War, and were resettled here as refugees in the 70's and 80's. i realize they are not on the list so the official answer is probably no...but do you think adcomms will consider it since we have a vastly different experience than traditional Asian-American groups?

i'm thinking that if they do, it's only at those schools located in states with a large Hmong population (CA, MN, WI are the big ones)...i'm not banking on any boost and I am studying for a retake, but i thought i'd ask since i can't find anything yet


As above poster said, there is very little chance that this is a boost, based on:
1. The application mostly only allows you to select Asian American, as your race, so you'll not be able to differentiate yourself based on that. Even the more specific application only lets you select Southeast Asian, which could really mean a lot of different types of Asian.
2. The application does not have Hmong as a possible language, so you can't differentiate on that.

And because most schools are likely to use these metrics (plus LSAT and GPA) as a threshold question to even review your app, then you're not likely to get a boost.

Personally, I think there might be a slight boost for the University of Minnesota, but a negligible boost at most. It likely won't help you overcome your numbers, but might help with scholarship. This is all speculation though, so take it with a grain of salt. There were three Hmong students at Minnesota last year. I'm not saying they received a boost, just letting you know.

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Re: any chance there's an unofficial boost for being Hmong?

Postby Traynor Brah » Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:10 pm

This would be a good thing to underscore in a diversity statement. But, unfortunately, it's pretty unlikely it will make a difference. I would assume that if you're applying to UMinn or UW (which of course you should not if you don't wish to practice in Minnesota or Wisconsin, respectively), they would be most likely to err on the side of giving you a boost. But, if you're in doubt about your chances at the school you're interested in, then you need to retake and not read tea leaves.

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Re: any chance there's an unofficial boost for being Hmong?

Postby PubliusJ » Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:59 pm

I think it is a stretch. Often overlooked is the difference between being a minority and being underrepresented. Women are a political minority in the United States, yet they are not underrepresented in law schools. I'd recommend looking for schools that do in fact underrepresent Asians, and play up your race in a diversity statement.



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