URM+Arrests-my chances?

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Brandeis
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URM+Arrests-my chances?

Postby Brandeis » Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:17 am

3.8, lsat: 165, 162
3 arrests, but no convictions-2010 fare evasion (expunged), 2008 petty theft (dismissed), 2005 disorderly conduct (goes off your record after 6 years in the state where i was charged)
3/4 european american, 1/4 african american female
3 years of work experience, unemployed to take care of mother with cancer for the past 6 months

Dream Schools: Columbia, NYU, Harvard, Penn, Stanford
Other Schools I'm Applying to: Cornell, Michigan, Fordham, UCLA, Vanderbilt
Safeties: I can't think of any safeties that I would want to attend

Thoughts on my chances? Will the arrests hurt me? Will URM help me even though I am only 1/4 AA?

TMC116
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Re: URM+Arrests-my chances?

Postby TMC116 » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:38 am

Not sure you qualify as a pure URM.

Yes three arrests will ding you.

bobbyh1919
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Re: URM+Arrests-my chances?

Postby bobbyh1919 » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:52 am

I think your list is a tad aggressive, but I'm not exactly sure how big of a URM boost schools give, especially given your situation. I would keep looking and add a few more lower ranked schools, because honestly I feel as though your dream schools are going to be very tough to get into and even some of your targets may be tough depending on how they factor in both the URM and arrests.

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Re: URM+Arrests-my chances?

Postby CanadianWolf » Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:30 am

In my opinion, your list of law schools is unrealistic in light of your LSAT scores & your three arrests.

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JamMasterJ
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Re: URM+Arrests-my chances?

Postby JamMasterJ » Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:38 pm

If we were basing this off of numbers and URM status, I'd say you have a solid shot at the targets and some shot at the reaches. However, we really have absolutely no way of predicting based on negative softs like your arrest record.

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bk1
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Re: URM+Arrests-my chances?

Postby bk1 » Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:45 pm

TMC116 wrote:Not sure you qualify as a pure URM.


There's no such thing as pure/impure URM.

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Re: URM+Arrests-my chances?

Postby vanwinkle » Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:20 pm

Brandeis wrote:3.8, lsat: 165, 162
3 arrests, but no convictions-2010 fare evasion (expunged), 2008 petty theft (dismissed), 2005 disorderly conduct (goes off your record after 6 years in the state where i was charged)
3/4 european american, 1/4 african american female
3 years of work experience, unemployed to take care of mother with cancer for the past 6 months

Dream Schools: Columbia, NYU, Harvard, Penn, Stanford
Other Schools I'm Applying to: Cornell, Michigan, Fordham, UCLA, Vanderbilt
Safeties: I can't think of any safeties that I would want to attend

Thoughts on my chances? Will the arrests hurt me? Will URM help me even though I am only 1/4 AA?

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