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mzia57
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URM Status

Postby mzia57 » Sat May 15, 2010 8:23 pm

I am currently an undergraduate student and I am really interested in law school. I do not know if I qualify as an URM. My mother is Afghani and my father is Pakistani. What should I put as my ethnicity? I have not applied to law school so idk if I can bubble other and then specifiy or if I have to choose an ethnicity. For undergrad, I chose other and I specified Afghani/Pakistani.
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transferornot
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Re: URM Status

Postby transferornot » Sat May 15, 2010 8:28 pm

neither of them will get you urm status. sorry.

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Re: URM Status

Postby bk1 » Sat May 15, 2010 8:29 pm

There is a forum for this that will give you all the info you need, but I will answer anyways.

You are not a URM and will not get a boost. However, you should still write a Diversity Statement.

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Re: URM Status

Postby vanwinkle » Sat May 15, 2010 8:29 pm

A. Yes, on most forms there is a space to fill-in what "other" is.

B. No. Only blacks, Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans and Native Americans are typically treated as URMs. You could still get a possible diversity boost, but it's not the same as being a URM.

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Re: URM Status

Postby mzia57 » Sat May 15, 2010 8:46 pm

Oh okay well thanks for the help I really appreciate it.

what do you think my chances are at T14 schools with a diversity statement, 170ish LSAT + 3.8ish GPA
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Re: URM Status

Postby You Gotta Have Faith » Sat May 15, 2010 8:53 pm

mzia57 wrote:what do you think my chances are at T14 schools with a diversity statement, 170ish LSAT + 3.8ish GPA


Regardless of whether you are URM, non-URM, white, blue, or green, you will have a very strong shot at the lion's share of the T14 schools with numbers like that, assuming you don't have some glaring flaw in your application, and it is well put together. And you should apply anywhere you are interested, knowing that some are slightly better chances than others (this is all assuming those actually are your numbers).

mzia57 wrote:also do you think that my chances at Columbia are higher if my dad went there for grad?


This one is tough to say. I cannot speak to Columbia specifically, but I do know that this sort of thing tends to vary widely by school. Some schools simply care more about it than others. In a previous thread somewhere I posted what I believe are the 5 most crucial elements in determining whether a family-member alum will have any impact on your application.

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Re: URM Status

Postby mzia57 » Sat May 15, 2010 9:10 pm

thanks for the input. I plan on putting together a good app and hoping for the best. no point in worrying too much about the URM status since its pretty much defined as AA, Latino, native American. thanks again.




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