Nulli Secundus wrote:Fact check: There is no concept of "international URM". To be an underrepresented minority, you first need to be a minority in the given population (i.e. US citizen), and usually belong in one of the few groups traditionally recognized as URMs. (500 african american people 2000 US population - %25 - 8 african american people 100 total law students - %8 -> %8 < %25 -> URM.) HTH.
Ok, so just to clarify, are you are saying that the black African international student with USA GPA would not get URM boost because it only applies to citizens? Or that because they belong to "one of the few groups (broadly speaking) traditionally recognized as URM" they would in fact get the boost?
From the FAQ on this very site:
"A URM is, quite simply, a minority group whose percentage of the population at a given law school is lower than their percentage of the population in the country. This also means that at some schools URM applicants may be treated differently than at others."
"Aside from anecdotal evidence, we have very few resources to outline who is and is not considered a URM. However, one powerful resource we have of understanding the URM process is Grutter v. Bollinger, a recent case that questioned the validity of race-based admissions. In this case, Grutter – a Caucasian Michigan resident – argued that the four groups considered URM’s (American Indians/Alaskan Natives, African Americans/Blacks, Mexican Americans, and Puerto Ricans
) were reviewed under more favorable admissions standards, resulting in her denial of admission at the University of Michigan. From this case we are able to deduce the four groups outlined did in fact receive (at least some) “boost” at Michigan and, most likely, other law schools as well"
The bolded groups are what LSAC publishes under the heading of "minority enrollment", like USNWR rankings and their effects on admissions process, this LSAC policy seems to have resulted in only these groups receiving a boost, if any.
So, no, according to TLS conventional wisdom, an African with a US GPA would not benefit from this policy.