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X_Soda
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Student Body Stats

Postby X_Soda » Sat Oct 23, 2010 3:53 pm

Yo. I'm drafting some Why X statements. I'm applying mainly to schools where I will be a "regional minority," where my school, my state, and my region will be underrepresented in the student body. I want to use such information in my statements. Does anyone know where I can find information breaking down previous years' student bodies by region, university, state, etc.? Some law schools have this on their websites, many do not.

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2014
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Re: Student Body Stats

Postby 2014 » Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:08 pm

You seem to already know that you will be a "regional minority"...
Where did you get that information from?

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Re: Student Body Stats

Postby QuailMan » Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:17 pm

I don't really understand the significance of what you're looking for. Don't all of those things generally apply to someone who goes to an out of state school? Do you come from a very rural place and if so wouldn't it make more sense to write a DS and not Why X? (although maybe the difference between the two is not that significant)

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Re: Student Body Stats

Postby bdubs » Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:31 pm

X_Soda wrote:Yo. I'm drafting some Why X statements. I'm applying mainly to schools where I will be a "regional minority," where my school, my state, and my region will be underrepresented in the student body. I want to use such information in my statements. Does anyone know where I can find information breaking down previous years' student bodies by region, university, state, etc.? Some law schools have this on their websites, many do not.


I would think that those facts would work against you unless you have a strong reason for leaving your home state/region. Most schools want students who have a close connection to the region/market for yield reasons.

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Re: Student Body Stats

Postby Patriot1208 » Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:25 pm

bdubs wrote:
X_Soda wrote:Yo. I'm drafting some Why X statements. I'm applying mainly to schools where I will be a "regional minority," where my school, my state, and my region will be underrepresented in the student body. I want to use such information in my statements. Does anyone know where I can find information breaking down previous years' student bodies by region, university, state, etc.? Some law schools have this on their websites, many do not.


I would think that those facts would work against you unless you have a strong reason for leaving your home state/region. Most schools want students who have a close connection to the region/market for yield reasons.


This is false, if you are talking about most top schools. But has more credibility if you are looking at lower ranked state schools.

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Re: Student Body Stats

Postby bdubs » Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:45 pm

Patriot1208 wrote:
bdubs wrote:
X_Soda wrote:Yo. I'm drafting some Why X statements. I'm applying mainly to schools where I will be a "regional minority," where my school, my state, and my region will be underrepresented in the student body. I want to use such information in my statements. Does anyone know where I can find information breaking down previous years' student bodies by region, university, state, etc.? Some law schools have this on their websites, many do not.


I would think that those facts would work against you unless you have a strong reason for leaving your home state/region. Most schools want students who have a close connection to the region/market for yield reasons.


This is false, if you are talking about most top schools. But has more credibility if you are looking at lower ranked state schools.


I assumed based on the phrasing of OP's question that s/he was considering regional schools. I don't think the T14 has a problem getting geographic diversity and if some region is not represented or underrepresented I would doubt that they care much. Geographic representation is a much bigger deal for undergrad than LS.

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Re: Student Body Stats

Postby Patriot1208 » Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:52 pm

bdubs wrote:
Patriot1208 wrote:
bdubs wrote:
X_Soda wrote:Yo. I'm drafting some Why X statements. I'm applying mainly to schools where I will be a "regional minority," where my school, my state, and my region will be underrepresented in the student body. I want to use such information in my statements. Does anyone know where I can find information breaking down previous years' student bodies by region, university, state, etc.? Some law schools have this on their websites, many do not.


I would think that those facts would work against you unless you have a strong reason for leaving your home state/region. Most schools want students who have a close connection to the region/market for yield reasons.


This is false, if you are talking about most top schools. But has more credibility if you are looking at lower ranked state schools.


I assumed based on the phrasing of OP's question that s/he was considering regional schools. I don't think the T14 has a problem getting geographic diversity and if some region is not represented or underrepresented I would doubt that they care much. Geographic representation is a much bigger deal for undergrad than LS.


^^^ I'm fairly certain that wyoming or north dakota will be relatively under represented no matter where you go to school.

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Re: Student Body Stats

Postby bdubs » Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:44 pm

Patriot1208 wrote:
bdubs wrote:I would doubt that they care much. Geographic representation is a much bigger deal for undergrad than LS.


^^^ I'm fairly certain that wyoming or north dakota will be relatively under represented no matter where you go to school.


If OP thinks that just having every state represented is some goal of the LS then I think he is mistaken. As he notes schools don't even publish that on their website 1/2 the time, demonstrating precisely how much it is valued.

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Re: Student Body Stats

Postby 2014 » Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:08 am

Patriot1208 wrote:
bdubs wrote:I assumed based on the phrasing of OP's question that s/he was considering regional schools. I don't think the T14 has a problem getting geographic diversity and if some region is not represented or underrepresented I would doubt that they care much. Geographic representation is a much bigger deal for undergrad than LS.


^^^ I'm fairly certain that wyoming or north dakota will be relatively under represented no matter where you go to school.

Agreed.
For example Vandy....which is not t14 but close and is the one with the viewbook I had on my desk...I'm sure they would love someone from North Dakota who wanted to go back and practice there. Pretty glaring hole on their map.

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