Pardon my ignorance, but do black people dislike law more than white people? I recently had a long discussion with a very well educated black dude who said that he could not imagine representing a guilty client or a dishonest client. It would be against his morals and what he stands for.
Obviously discrimination and socio/economic issues play into this heavily, but I have seen many black successful people in business, but less in law. Is there an aversion to this profession?
I mean my boss in black and is awesome, and he's proud that I'm going to law school. So is my black District boss. I just never really talked to them about the law and what it means to them personally.
OK, I'll play. The history of racial repression and oppression in the United States means that historically, fewer Blacks have had an exposure to high end professions. There is what sociologists call a "conceptualization gap." That is, even if Blacks and Hispanics have high ambitions, they don't understand how to get to their end goal. That means fewer Black students saw their Dad work 70 hour weeks with a horrible office culture. That means the few Blacks who can figure out how to get into biglaw feeder schools and then go on to get biglaw grades get into biglaw and decide they hate the lifestyle after a few years because they had no way to conceptualize how bad it really is.
Part of working biglaw is rationalizing the fact that you are working for terrible people. That's uncomfortable. I'm not coming from left field on this.