johansantana21 wrote:cutecarmel wrote:If you want to get into Yale, a retake is your only option.
Coming from another African American female, PLEASE do not play the race card. You want to go to Yale if you know that you are kick ass and better than everyone that got rejected. You don't want to be at a school where everyone thinks that you are the token black kid who only go accepted because she was black. If you want Yale, retake and bust your ass to score in the high 160s or 170s. Its not worth it if its not earned.
If you can't retake, apply to a lower ranked school where your are more qualified and shine there.
Tbh, almost everyone assumes that URMs are there in a major part because of race. It's undeniable.
That's not to say that people assume URMs are any less formidable.
But people do know you probably had a less qualified LSAT/GPA.
It's just fact.
The first bolded is dangerous advice. Apply to a lower-ranked school and shine? No, get into the best school you can, or a strong T20 with $$$ and then work your ass off, take practice exams and do all you can to be at the top of your class, URM or not. There is no guarantee that you will be at the top of your class just because you went to a school that is not as highly ranked as another. I would rather attend a top school and give myself some cushion...because for hiring purposes, employers are more likely to dig deep into the classes of top schools rather those lower-ranked.
Also, I agree with the second bolded. It is unavoidable. I had a 166/166/172/3.91, but I'm sure a lot of people think that I only got accepted to LS as a result of the URM boost alone.