deebanger wrote:hey everybody! a little bit of background info on myself. I was born and brought up in South India, and I moved to the united states when I was 17 after graduating from high school in south india. I took a year of just to work, earn money for school, get used to a new culture, and then I took the sat's and started college at the fall of 2011. Im now currently a third year undergrad at a good public school in california. So, my story is a bit unconventional from the traditional indian americans who apply to law school. From my undertstanding, despite my unconventional story, I cannot choose URM right? am i correct or am i allowed to choose URM, If i do not choose URM , and just describe my upbringing and my journey to the united states in the personal statement help me?
Yes. "URM" isn't a box you can select -- you just opt to disclose your race, and if that matters to the particular school to which you are applying, then you will get some sort of admissions "boost." Generally speaking, Indian (subcontinent, not American Indian) is not a URM.
However, there will be a great deal of material for you to utilize in your Diversity Statement and, possibly, in your personal statement. While you might not qualify or some general URM admissions boost, don't be surprised to find that an individual admissions dean or two is interested in what uniqueness you bring to the incoming class and judges your application accordingly.