sinfiery wrote:When people say URM boosts, is it an all or nothing system?
Or are there varying degrees of said boost depending upon background?
I am a Pakistani immigrant who moved to America when I was 7 years old...
I know that isn't URM but would the application fare exactly as an American white male or would there be any difference at all?
Or is there no way to accurately dictate that difference considering the nature of data available? Only the extremes; which have already been stated.
AAs, MAs, PRs, ans NAs get a boost to their application just by marking their race on applications. You will get no automatic boost. Most applications will, however, give you the option to submit a written statement on how you feel you contribute to the diversity of the student body and the law school (this is commonly referred to as a "diversity statement"). Whether your race/ethnicity and immigration story benefit your application at all depends on this diversity statement. In the absence of a DS then your application's chances will not be improved by your race/ethnicity at all. If you write a diversity statement, your application is still unlikely to see any change in consideration. If you write a compelling diversity statement that shows you will really contribute to diversity, have experiences that distinguish you from a lot of their applicants, and are actually a special snowflake whose soft factors indicate you are more capable than your numbers otherwise indicate, this may help shift you into the "consider" or "admit" pile. A statement that basically says "I am a minority" isn't going to do you any favors as a non-URM; you need to really be able to explain the aforementioned factors of your diversity.