Diversity/1Ls - how do you bring it up?

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Diversity/1Ls - how do you bring it up?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:55 am

Hey everyone --

I'm curious how one goes about letting a firm know that you are a diverse applicant. It's no secret that "URMs" have a better shot at landing firm jobs during 1L than "ORMs," but not all firms have applications that allow you to select race.

Is there a tactful way to do it without saying "I'm hispanic"? Is it taboo to talk in the cover letter about the diversity you could contribute?

Thanks all.

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Re: Diversity/1Ls - how do you bring it up?

Postby Aeroplane » Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:18 am

Some firms specifically have diversity programs. If that's the case, you should indicate interest in the program.

If it's just a generic cover letter, I think a good way to reference diversity would be to refer to something in your resume that signals your background (participation in a group/club/service organization like NSBE, SHPE, etc). That way you're showcasing accomplishment & involvement as well as background.

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Re: Diversity/1Ls - how do you bring it up?

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