List Ethnicity or Decline to State? And Study Abroad?

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List Ethnicity or Decline to State? And Study Abroad?

Postby Beachbum89 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:40 pm

So I've just started my law schools apps hoping to submit them all within the next month or so. Anyway, I'm a white kid and my parents make a lot of money so I know that won't help me in the admissions process. However, I was wondering if it's worth saying decline to state my ethnicity rather than white/caucasian? Is there any advantage to one over the other?

Also I spent my junior year studying abroad through an exchange with my university. All of my classes appear on my transcript as if I took them at my school. Do I need to list my university abroad as a separate school?

Thanks for the advice.

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Re: List Ethnicity or Decline to State? And Study Abroad?

Postby mrtoren » Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:47 am

@Question 1: I thought about the same thing for a little while. I decided to declare it. If you were a URM, you would mark it, so they already know you're out of that mix. If they run background checks as part of the process, they can also figure out your race/ethnicity. In the end, you just look like a rich white boy trying to skirt the system. Either your numbers make you or break you.

Rest assured, there is no shortage of Caucasians in law schools, so you're not being discriminated against by the universities.

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