summertimechi wrote:I think it's a mixture of a lot of things. First off, I don't know how they get out the invitations to apply, but they definitely aren't able to send them out to every minority T6/T14 applicant. And though, as TLSers, it can be hard to imagine that everyone isn't as knowledgeable about these things as we are, the truth is that many people don't even know the program exists (just look at Objection, and he's a TLS regular). That knocks a fairly large chunk of minority applicants out immediately. Then you have to factor in that out of those T6 minority applicants who do know about the program, there are some who don't apply because a) they're not interested in corporate law or b) they don't realize the benefits that SEO can have (i.e. an offer for 1L summer assoc.) c) they are unable or unwilling to move to NYC or DC for a ten-week internship d) they'd rather not work and prefer to 'enjoy' their summer. Those are all very legitimate concerns/ways of thinking for lots of people. All you had to do was read the SEO vs. Eurotrip thread to see how some people think. Many people, especially recent college grads who the program is designed for, are very short-sighted. While I may think it's ridiculous to pass up an opportunity like SEO to 'enjoy your last summer of freedom' or turn it down because it seems like we'd just be 'making copies,' as a poster in another thread put it, there are some who really would pass it up for those reasons (just read that SEO v. Eurotrip thread). Between those with the aforementioned reasons, those with other opportunites, those who don't meet the requirements (minimum 3.0, recent grad), those who think HYSCCN will be enough and they don't need SEO, those who had horrible interviews or empty resumes, and the various other reasons that I'm sure exist to turn down/not apply/not be accepted to SEO, I think it's fairly easy to guess that there are not as many T6/T14 minority applicants who are prime candidates for SEO as one might initially think.
I think invites are sent out the same way fee waivers are; LSAC probably gives them out LSAT scores. I know when I got the flyer in the mail I was a bit skeptical until I read the partner firms list. As for the people in group B, I guess their ignorance is my reward. And group D... bleh. I read that eurotrip thread and my obvious reaction was
As someone who has seen a lot of Europe on a shoestring budget (I mean like... converse shoestrings. that shitty), I look forward to being able to visit Europe when I have some (read: a lot of) money to throw around. And SEO would help me get that much closer.
Unfortunately, I expect I fall into the category of "horrible interview/empty resume." Sigh. And if not, I'm a bit terrified I might have to spend 2 weeks chalk-full of other TLSers at this law school prep thing.