Minority Law Students

The Admissions Process

The Absolute Worst Part of the Process?

Applying to law school can be harrowing, to say the least. But the fact that there are tons of lawyers out there means two things.

1. We can do it!
2. It will be worth it.

Like every other process, there is a right way and a wrong way to envision the process. The way you think about it, the way you prepare for the LSAT, the way you communicate with your recommenders, and especially your timing, will affect your outlook as you proceed and ultimately your degree of success.

How To make Yourself a Better Applicant:

Your undergraduate grades and your LSAT scores will make law schools notice your application. At the same time, most law schools want to get to know your personality. Most schools care about the legacy you have left behind and the perspective you can add to the law school classroom. To be a competitive applicant, you should be able to show how you have contributed through leadership roles and how you have made a difference in your community.

It is also important to show how far you have come and the obstacles you have faced and overcome on your journey.

Some Wisdom:

One sad fact that I realized while applying and watching 'the numbers' from other minority students was that many minorities who had comparable numbers as the ones I had, did not apply to top schools. I think this is sad, because it tells me that even minorities are blinded by the numbers.

Your scores, your GPA, does not paint a true, whole picture of you, or any other applicant, for that matter. What shows who you truly are, your passions, your goals, your reasons for choosing the field of law, is your Personal Statement, and any other written material that you send to schools.

The fact that many minorities do not apply to top schools also makes me wonder if we think we are not worthy. Many minorities told me to apply to traditionally black/minority schools because I will be accepted there. The truth is, there are so few minorities in law, that going to a minority school is living in a bubble for three years, only to be thrown into the real world to face the harsh reality that lawyers don't look/feel/ act like me.

I say give yourself the opportunity to have the best education and have the best opportunities and resources available to you. The competition is fierce, but we should all aim for the stars. We deserve the best, just like anyone else.

If you are reading this, then you are most likely in a place where you have had to overcome obstacles to get where you are. Use these experiences to inspire you. Ask yourself if those around you would be there if they were faced with your obstacles. Write a brilliant personal statement and apply to some top schools, give them your best shot.

Wrong way:

1. Look at the school deadline and figure you have time.
2. Don't start your personal statement till January.
3. Email professors over Christmas break to get recommendations
4. Do not prepare for the LSAT, figure you are smart enough to "wing it".

Right Way:

1. Make a plan of action - This is the most important step, all other steps develop as part of your Plan.
2. Prepare for the LSAT
3. Research schools
4. Write Personal Statement
5. Request letters of recommendation