rav17 wrote:Take_WhatsYours wrote:youngwarrior wrote:Take_WhatsYours wrote:rav17 wrote:North africans don't get any boost, only those that have subsaharan african ancestry.
By that logic, Somalis wouldn't be eligible for the boost, which they clearly are. AA is defined as "black African," not sub-Saharan African. "Black" has a vague meaning that is, nonetheless, much closer to how I am perceived than "white."
I know a Black Canadian who is of Somalian ancestry, he went to my alma mater and just graduated from Yale Law School. He didn't get any boost, but his stats we're extremely competitive, he was even a k-jd.
We'll see what happens with my application. I'm willing to bet that at least a few T-14 schools will give me a boost. I think this sort of decision will be made on an ad hoc basis, with some schools agreeing and others disagreeing.
The problem that North Africans who have tried to do this in the past have is that they're trying to say they're 'African American but not black,' which is obviously ridiculous. The real vagueness lies in the concept of blackness. As I say, North Africans are labeled black under UK law, and most could not pass for white in a million years.
There are also cases of Egyptian Americans identifying as black with no apparent consequences, and acceptance from the black community. CNN recently ran a story called "black in America" where an Egyptian girl named Becca identified as black.
I wish you the best of luck in your cycle, however I am betting you will not receive a boost. African/Black as defined by the law school admissions council is someone who has whole or partial subsaharan african ancestry. There is a completely different category for North Africans and that is the box you'll have to tick.
Do you have a citation for AA=sub-saharan for purposes of law school applications? Because if that's true, that's obviously a game-changer.
The admissions consultant I've spoken to--former Dean of Admissions at a T6--says AA=black African, not necessarily sub-Saharan. (Hence, as I say, Nubians, Somalis and Sudanese are eligible for the AA boost, if they choose to identify as AA, despite technically hailing from north of the Sahara). She has also told me that me that many North Africans have done this.