Had just created a new thread, but then saw this one and decided to move my posting.
Here's the deal with me: I understand that Jews are, for the most part, unable to claim URM status on law school applications (after all, we comprise a pretty significant portion of the law school student body - no way around acknowledging that!). My case, however, is slightly different. I'm Sephardic, and considering that Sephardic Jews comprise only about 15% of the world's Jewish population (of which about 1% is located in the United States), a number of people have told me that I can thus call myself an Underrepresented Minority. For those who are unaware, Sephardic Jews hail from the Iberian Peninsula, where they lived happily until expulsion by the Spanish Inquisition. Allow me to accordingly verify the immortal words of Monty Python: Indeed, NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition.
In any case, I associate very strongly with Sephardic culture, and my looks most definitely reflect that part of my heritage. I think I wrote "White" in the corresponding section of my LSAT signup sheet (I'm registered to take the test in a couple weeks), but that's really only because Sephardic people never get their own Ethnicity box
On paper, I've always been White... But by blood and emotion, I'm absolutely Sephardic.
I'm looking to apply primarily to schools in CA (USC, UCLA, Berkeley, Stanford, etc.), and could certainly write a [convincing] diversity statement about my heritage. First and foremost, however, I would like to hear your thoughts on the matter.
What do you think? Should I apply as an Underrepresented Minority?