2014utLaw wrote:Been searching, but I'm having trouble finding much good data, either empirical or anecdotal, that deals with URMs and how good their grades have to be to get SAs.
Can anybody point me in the right direction?
The reason you can't find good data is because it is highly subjective. A URM bump for employment varies widely by market and firm. Many people claim that URMs do not get any significant boost outside of diversity SA positions. I really think it depends on the type of URM and the experience of the individual as well.
I'd love to see some data on how well 1L diversity SA translate to 2L SA offers. I feel like doing well during 1L summer should open some doors for 2L summer. If that's true, even if being URM isn't directly a boost, it might still get you a better shot for 2L summer.
I can't imagine diversity being a grade boost like how we characterize it in the admission process - because hiring is much more personal than admissions. But diversity should definitely count toward your intangibles. So perhaps if you can get within the grade range of your target firms, your (meaningful) diversity would give you a leg up as compared to other applicants with similar grades, at some firms.