This week’s podcast discusses law students that fall under the category of the underrepresented minority, or URM. LSAC states that only 1 out of every 25 lawyers is African American, Latino, Asian American or Native American. LSAC also states, as per the statistics available on their site, that only 25% of law school students were recognized minorities.
On today’s program we have Rizza Palmares, graduate of Mercer University School of Law and Student Bar Association (SBA) president; Chloe Reid, Dean of Admissions at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law; John Miller, Associate Director of Admissions at Vermont Law School; and Ruthe Ashley, Chair of the American Bar Association’s Council on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline.
John Miller discusses how minorities are not just limited to ethnicity-they can also encompass age, race, and even sexual preference. Miller discusses the admissions criteria used to admit students to Vermont Law School, and talks about how LSAT scores and minority status work together on an application to his institution.
Chloe Reid, Dean of Admission at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law agrees with Director Miller, saying that the definition of what constitutes a “minority” is always evolving. It is not simply about ethnicity, or even race, age, or sexual preference. A student’s activities and accomplishments can also put them in a “minority” status.
Rizza Palmares gives us the student perspective on being a minority student. She believes students should use their status to enhance their application. She also says that being a minority in law school could also be an advantage, and goes on to describe her experience at Mercer as well as her involvement in many student organizations that encourage minorities to succeed and develop relationships with other students in their program.
Our last guest, Ruthe Ashley, is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Council on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. She discusses her experience with underrepresented minorities in law school, and speaks about the disadvantages these students might have during the law school application process and why it is important to have minority representation in the legal field.
Rizza Palmares – 2010 graduate of Mercer Law School, 2009 Student Bar Association President
Chloe Reid – Dean of Admissions, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
John Miller – Associate Director of Admissions, Vermont Law School
Ruthe Ashley – Chair of the American Bar Association, Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline