The underrepresentation of Hispanics/Chicanos in the legal profession has been a longstanding and serious problem in this country. For this reason, law schools are actively recruiting Hispanic/Chicano applicants and have established policies to assure that qualified candidates are given the opportunity for a legal education. New York University Prelaw(Slightly modified)
Hispanic/Chicano prelaw students should not only read the standard prelaw material but also should read the material directly relevant to Hispanic/Chicano prelaw students.
HISPANIC/CHICANO PRELAW LINKS
MINORITY PRELAW LINKS
MINORITY PRELAW BOOKS
THE LAW SCHOOLS WITH THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF MEXICAN-AMERICAN ENROLLMENT
THE LAW SCHOOLS WITH THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF HISPANIC ENROLLMENT
PRELAW AND MINORITIES COMMENTS
If you are a Hispanic/Chicano student, it is wise to be well informed of the opportunities available. You should make certain to identify yourself as a member of a minority group at the time you register for the LSAT and with the LSDAS. This will enable interested law schools to contact you through the Candidate Referral Service. Thereafter, you might wish to contact Hispanic/Chicano student organizations at the law schools you are considering. It will be to your advantage to discuss your interests and application with members of these organizations since in some instances they will track your application and may have a part in the admissions decision. These students can also inform you of any special problems or special advantages for Hispanic/Chicano students at their particular school. New York University Prelaw (slightly modified)
HISPANICS/CHICANOS PRELAW FINANCIAL AID
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has a SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. Deadline is circa October 1.
HISPANIC/CHICANO PRELAW LINKS
The TOP TEN LAW SCHOOLS FOR HISPANICS, at least according to the September, 2005, issue of Hispanic Business is given. For each of these ten law schools, information that is relevant and useful is provided. ..
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) gives MINORITY PERSPECTIVES. Also mentioned here is information about The Minorities Interested in Legal Education (MILE) project. According to the ABA, this project is an effort to address the underrepresentation of minorities in the legal profession by providing minority students with reliable information about preparation for law school. Primarily designed for college freshmen and sophomores, MILE offers information that can help enhance your academic preparation for law school." ..
Georgetown University Career Education Center states that "If your ethnicity, family, religion, socioeconomic background, or any similar factor may motivate you to succeed in law school, be sure to highlight it. This can be done in the personal statement itself or in a separate diversity statement. If you are writing a personal statement and a diversity statement, make sure the two essays address different topics."
If the deiversity statement is to be separate from the personal statement, the diversity statement should be a separate sheet labeled DIVERSITY STATEMENT and attached to your application. A diversity statement should be articulate, brief, clear, concise, persuasive, and sincere.
FOR FUTURE BLACK LAW STUDENTS presents the following information: "Law school admissions committees recognize the value of having diverse law student bodies. They realize that students can learn a great deal from one another and that having students from a variety of racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, with different thoughts, political ideologies, ideals, perspectives and goals can add a deeper dimension to the educational learning experience of all students. Many institutions believe diversity is extremely valuable. In an increasing diverse America and globally interdependent world, it is critical to have an understanding of and tolerance for various viewpoints, cultures, ideas, etc. Therefore, many schools invite applicants to submit diversity statements. In such a statement, you have the opportunity to explain how you can add something in terms of diversity to the student body. Understand that stating that you are an African American [or other minority] is not enough. Many people argue that simple membership in a minority group does not mean that you can contribute anything unique to discussion. Therefore, you must explain this. Additionally, think of all of the experiences you have had that may or may not be linked to your ethnicity that may bring insight that traditional students may not be able to bring to the table. View the diversity statement as an opportunity to express what is special about you. Take time, thought and consideration in preparing it. Remember that even if submitting it is optional, you want to make the very best case for your admission as possible. You should submit a diversity statement to every school you apply to whether it is requested or not."