African-American males get closer to a 15 point boost, they're the most coveted (and underrepresented) of the lot. Basically the correlation between GPA/LSAT for Black Men I think is at the 3.5/165 median. The further you go in one direction, the further you have to go in the other, with a bit more wiggle room with the LSAT.
Are an invalid? I'm sorry I hate getting into posting arguments on TLS and have sworn I would no longer, but this is just ridiculous. As a black male, with a decent gpa 3.3+ and lsat 165+ the boost that so many of you mention is not across the board nor is it standard. I'd realy like to have a 15pt boost, then I could go to... well what school is ranked higher than yale? b/c I'd be off the charts.
15 points is an exaggeration, but only in that I think you can't say that without context.
I honestly think that the admissions process if much more subjective for URMs, simply because they adcomms have to take in consideration more than just numbers because
1) Most admits are likely to be under the median anyway
2) They want to make sure you can excel at their school
3) They're more interested in life stories
So when I say a 3.5/165 should get into say, Harvard, thats under the presumption that they have a great application and go to a great school.
LSN has shown that its not purely number driven. 3.3/171 black male didn't get into A LOT of schools. 3.1/170 got Stanford. 3.2/168 black male only got NW and Georgetown, while a 3.3/158 black male from my school is sitting in Columbia.
Your application matters a lot
. Particularly if you have a low GPA and can't account for it (because it then looks like you took a prep class) or if you have a high GPA, but from a lower tiered school and a very low LSAT.
all got HYSCCN from my school. But they all went to an ivy league/had a great life story/wrote a great PS & DS
I'm willing to be that a friend of mine, despite his 3.5, will get into Yale regardless of his LSAT score simply because he is far more impressive than at least 50% of anyone on their website.
But if you're just a regular guy who applies late with an average application, you can't assume that you're going to get that "super" bump.
I'm not saying that is the case for any of you all - I think that people are getting a bit anxious way too soon - however, I do think that some of the schools are waiting to see what kind of pool they can compare you to with.
My best guess that every URM will get a bump regardless of how good their application is, but I think that once you get in the T6 range, the size of that bump will greatly depend on how exceptional you are.
(God knows I'm not one of those people, so I'm not trying to put myself in that category. I'm just hoping for an acceptance anywhere