lawprospie wrote:Some of the items in Nat's post bring up a few scenarios in my mind and the importance of blacks doing as well as possible while in law school.
Could you imagine the opportunities for a minority from a top 14 law school who graduates Order of the Coif?
At my undergrad, no black students have been inducted into PBK in like 8 years. If someone had, the opportunities for them probably would have been fellowships, such as the Rhodes. However, AAs at my undergrad who had 3.5+ and strong leadership positions (which was only a handful) ended up with great opps. after graduation.
I am wondering how URMs with really impressive credentials are treated during recruitment and while working at a firm.
To be honest I think adding honors to your resume probably would really help. I don't know what you need for Order of the Coif, but I'm assuming that URM's that graduate top third to top 20% at least might be treated differently then URM's who grabbed a great firm through interview skills with both URMs having good personalities. It is true that I've seen URM's outreach their GPA with firms they interview with. Median T14 black males at least have a good shot at even the top firms. Non URM's occasionally get those same firms through great interviews, but no one is going to question why they are there. Obviously they knew someone or blew the socks off the interviewer. It just seems that URM's need an added layer of credibility, and if you have it partners and seniors might respect your more. This is just a hunch. I could be completely off base tho.
To be honest, I'm black and if I had a major deal that needed to be done right, and I had two associates one white with honors and was way above the firm cut off, and one with no honors whom I suspected was a diversity hire (assuming i've never worked with either associate or heard about their work product) I would probably give the assignment to the non URM first. I don't think that's necessarily racism its just business and the bottom line.