Applications and Diversity: Information for Minority Applicants
As pre-law advisor, I can think of no better way to introduce
this page than to quote the Council on Legal Education Opportunity's "Do
You Believe That You Deserve the Opportunity to Compete For the Privilege of Attending
"You deserve to go to law school. You are worthy of this
experience. The legal profession needs more attorneys that look like you. These
ideas seem basic but in the anxiety-ridden process that characterizes the law
school preparation and admission processes, these simple truths can be relegated
to the back seat of your mind when their rightful place is the drivers' seat.
Your quest to become part of the legal profession must be predicated upon an unwavering
belief that you deserve this opportunity. And more -- you deserve it as much as
any other student competing to get into law school."
The Law School Admission Council
(LSAC) points out that all its member law schools have endorsed the principle
of working to improve minority representation in law schools. LSAC also notes,
however, that ethnic minorites remain under-represented in the legal profession.
In addition, LSAC provides online resources on lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender (lgbt) students and faculty in law schools
and LSAC highlights the fact that the legal profession has been crucial in advancing
Anthony Solana, Jr has written "The Law School Application Process For People of Color And Members of Other Historically Underrepresented Groups." Click here to
read his analysis.
University of Alabama School of Law Professor Bryan K. Fair's
"Preparing For a Career
in Law in the 21st Century" offers powerful insights on pre-law preparation,
law school applications, law school, and law as a profession.
Professor Fair describes his essay in the following manner:
"The purpose of this essay is to assist students considering
a career in law by presenting some general advice, especially for African American
and other minority students who historically were excluded from legal education
and who often have limited sources of advice."
As you will see in the FAQ section, if
I were asked for my top 3 suggesed sources on pre-law preparation advice, Prof.
Fair's essay would be on the list.
Excellent pre-law materials are also available through LSAC's
Perspectives" . Archived articles on "Learning to Live With Standardized
Your Color: Minority Applicants and Law School Admission," and "Get
a Jump on Financial Aid" are available online and offer many useful suggestions
The ABA's Commission on Racial
& Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and the Office
of Diversity Initiatives provide additional information on diversity in the
legal profession. Pre-Law students may find it interesting to begin reading Goal
IX Newsletter to learn more about diversity issues and civil rights struggles.
Information on the ABA
Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is available online and from your pre-law
In addition, the Council on
Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) provides a list
of financial aid sources as well as information on summer
institutes for pre-law students.
LSAC provides brochures outlining information on law schools which
have committed to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender inclusion. You may see
your pre-law advisor for a brochure which supplements
online resources .
Additional Sources of Information for Minority Applicants