Had a phone conversation with a current black student at Cornell today. I am quite excited to hear of the placement rate of black students from Cornell at V50 law firms (was told every black student in his/her class had firm offers except for one). The student I spoke to had over 10 offers to choose from after OCI.
We also spoke of Cornell's efforts to retain and grow the minority law student population. They definitely seem to be one of the few top law schools that put their money down to try and recruit minorities. They supposedly also host professional development events throughout the year for minority students and the mentorship is extensive as is the opportunities to be actively involved on journals and organizations. This black student is a president of one organization and editor-in-chief of one journal -- pretty awesome!
Location wise, he/she said that even though they are in Ithaca, the opportunities to network were far from limited as NYC isn't that far away and many employers come out to actively seek out students, especially minorities. As the Cornell community is pretty small-knit, and the minority student population even smaller, it isn't hard to stand out in the crowd. Employers definitely seek Cornell URMs out.
He/she also utilized their SEO network (looks like SEO isn't exclusively about T6 or "fuhgetaboutit"). This person turned down a T5 for Cornell, which was interesting to hear.
I am still waiting to hear back from 9 schools
so I haven't yet made a firm decision, but Cornell is looking mighty good right now. Hopefully my visit to Cornell in the coming weeks and getting a decision from my remaining schools will help seal the deal.
Anyway, just thought I would share for those interested in Cornell. Off to finish watching some Dexter reruns. Goodnight!