Does Afghan heritage mean anything to law schools?

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Does Afghan heritage mean anything to law schools?

Postby sethnoorzad » Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:50 am

My Dad left Afghanistan when he was 10. His family was fleeing to avoid the Russian invasion in 1979. So I am half pashtun-afghan.

I told my Dad that I was applying to law schools and he thought that I should mention this to admissions committees. I am not so sure. What do you guys think?

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Re: Does Afghan heritage mean anything to law schools?

Postby t-14orbust » Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:30 am

Definitely will have close to 0 impact on your cycle

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Re: Does Afghan heritage mean anything to law schools?

Postby Wolfie91 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:01 am

no besides regular urm

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Re: Does Afghan heritage mean anything to law schools?

Postby AnMzungu » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:37 am

Might help with DC hiring, depending on the firm.

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Re: Does Afghan heritage mean anything to law schools?

Postby HYPSM » Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:57 am

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Re: Does Afghan heritage mean anything to law schools?

Postby MKC » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:22 am

sethnoorzad wrote:My Dad left Afghanistan when he was 10. His family was fleeing to avoid the Russian invasion in 1979. So I am half pashtun-afghan.

I told my Dad that I was applying to law schools and he thought that I should mention this to admissions committees. I am not so sure. What do you guys think?


Arabs fought hard to get classified as white in the 1940s, so as of now you are not a minority according to the U.S. government. They're considering adding an Arab classification soon though.
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Re: Does Afghan heritage mean anything to law schools?

Postby pretzeltime » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:26 am

smdh Afghan is not the same as Arab.

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Postby Gray » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:28 am

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Re: Does Afghan heritage mean anything to law schools?

Postby MKC » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:30 am

pretzeltime wrote:smdh Afghan is not the same as Arab.


Sorry for the generalization. It was just easier to type than "Middle Eastern and North African" which is the group in question, and I checked Afghan classification specifically before posting that. You had to be white until 1952 to get U.S. citizenship as an immigrant, and so affected countries from those regions lobbied to get themselves reclassified. Apparently they've been trying to undo that classification since the 1980s, and might get a census box for "Middle Eastern/North African" in 2020.
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Re: Does Afghan heritage mean anything to law schools?

Postby Nachoo2019 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:39 am

Gray wrote:
MarkinKansasCity wrote:
sethnoorzad wrote:My Dad left Afghanistan when he was 10. His family was fleeing to avoid the Russian invasion in 1979. So I am half pashtun-afghan.

I told my Dad that I was applying to law schools and he thought that I should mention this to admissions committees. I am not so sure. What do you guys think?


Arabs fought hard to get classified as white in the 1940s, so as of now you are not a minority according to the U.S. government. They're considering adding an Arab classification soon though.

afghans aren't arabs though.

I'm half iranian (mom fled in 1979 due to the revolution) - definitely no boost. If it makes sense as part of a larger narrative, you could include it in your PS, but if you don't want to mention it, you won't be losing anything


I can second this. I'm half Iranian as well and my dad fled in '83 and there is absolutely no boost. Unfortunately if you're middle eastern you get to check the "Caucasian" box which doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it is the way it goes

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Re: Does Afghan heritage mean anything to law schools?

Postby sethnoorzad » Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:54 pm

Cool, thanks for the responses. Seems like the consensus is clear that it's not worth mentioning unless it comes in as part of my narrative and personal story.



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