amb8819 wrote:I appreciate the advice. Is it at all possible to leverage my status as an AA male? I checked Iowa's stats on the LSAC website, they have very few black people there, I would imagine that this is not by Iowa's choice. I would assume that they get very few black applicants, could I use this fact to my advantage?
You might be able to. IMO, the reason there are relatively few AAs at Iowa is that Iowa has a 50% in-state requirement and there are fewer AAs in Iowa than most other races. That makes AA applicants that want to go to Iowa a bit of a rarity, and what AA applicants they do get may be from out of state and have to compete in that more difficult pool.
It might help your leverage that you are an AA male. I wouldn't use that as the sole leverage though. I'd wait until you have something more substantive and then mention that you think you could bring diversity to the campus because of your background when you are writing to leverage that other scholarship.
Also, I'm not sure if I would push the race card too much at Iowa because the admissions dean himself is an AA male who is well-established in the law school admissions realm. He may not buy it as much as some other deans would. I'm not sure if that's true or not, and maybe he likes to look out for AAs himself, but I would use caution.
Good luck with negotiations, and congrats again on admission!