Anonymous User wrote:It totally does hurt you.
One thing that bothered me the most about my job search was the degree to which I was encouraged to search for firms with an Asia practice. When I started working, I was also put on projects that tended to involve Greater China clients/issues. At the time I didn't mind it, I was just glad to get work, but in retrospect I'm a bit horrified at how subtly racist this was. I'm Asian American and I speak perfectly fluent English. There is absolutely nothing wrong with my English and in fact it's pretty damn good... by all indications (high school, SAT, LSAT, college and law school writing seminar performances). But I kept getting put on these niche projects. Maybe I seemed like the natural fit for this valuable part of the business but it didn't stop me from feeling sidelined while my coworkers worked on the bigger, non-Asian clients.
At the end of the day, there's something very crude about the business aspects of law practice.
This comes off as awfully whiny and petulant.
FWIW, I don't doubt the study in the OP. Other similar studies have found the same sort of results. It sucks that it's the world we live in, but there are still people who are consciously or subconsciously prejudiced/biased.