The Undertraining of Lawyers and Its Effects On The Advancement of Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession

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I think this would be a good add-on to the prior post of ‘Rethinking Legal Education’; but with a narrower focus on minorities. Though I must admit, that there seems to be an increase in academic discourse regarding the lack of preparation of law graduates for the practice of law.Interestingly, I would like to dissect the use of “women and minorities” phrase that I’ve seen used before. Years ago many Black Americans (and still) argued that the primary beneficiaries of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Act were white women and not blacks in general. Thus, although a white woman in general modern times be deemed a minority she may still be consider a ‘suspect class.’ Yet a black woman is detracted from her worthiness and feminity but being mass categorized in the minority class when referring to blacks in general. This seems to make the black woman invisible in statistical and academic discourse. Which is ironic since for decades black women have outnumbered black men in university matriculation and graduation, as a result I’ll conclude this would also be the case in graduate education as well.  I’ve read in other spaces how in the black community the patriarchal scheme of life and business, black men are accepted more than black women. I first assessed that this was due to the sub-category of the ‘old boys network,’ that if you’re not a white male, a black male will eventually accepted as long as it’s a male first. I don’t have statistical evidence, so someone may show me evidence to the contrary but the hierarchy appears to be: white man, white woman, black man, asian man, asian woman, black woman at the bottom.

This is an interesting quote from the article: “Sharon Jones* , a black woman associate who is working for her third Am Law 200 firm since graduating from Columbia Law School in 2000, is a prime example of the abysmal retention statistics for women of color. “I think the number one reason why women of color leave firms in such overwhelmingly large numbers is that law firms are not meritocracies; the playing field is far from level.”

I’m sure it’s for multiple reasons such as this: Judge called 3 black women lawyers ‘Supremes’; January 31, 2008 [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22924814/]

Although I’ll leave the term “black” out as some people are deemed so who actually are not, this is a travesty. For the past 20 years most college graduates among “blacks” are women, thus those who graduate from graduate and professional schools are from this category. With high attrition of women of color (who have a higher interest in laws addressing racial discrimination and social reform) from the legal field, the representation of these populations will dwindle to nearly non-existent. This will allow certain legislators and politicians to enact, implement or reinterpet laws that will continue to subject the unpopular classes to servitude status once again. I like to think of it as historical reversion.

 From what I have witnessed among black female attorneys they are the biggest back biters and flesh eaters of their own. Most don’t care for personal and career development likely due to a social familiarity, resulting in lack of progress. Society will deem them not worthy and deserving of whatever they get *door slam.*

The author likely expressed the sentiment of most law school graduates by stating: “My alma mater, like most of other law schools in America, did not prepare its students, particularly those from historically underrepresented backgrounds, for navigating their careers in law firms. For today’s law schools to continue stressing the importance of Pennoyer v. Neff, rather than teaching its students about the business of law firms is absolutely criminal.”

There you have it people. Don’t go to law school, especially if you’re a minority. Nothing has changed, smoke and mirrors, why subject yourself to daily abuse all for the privilege of being in a field that financially ruined you (p.s. you can get in ethics trouble if you lost your job, unemployed, suffering from the recession and are unable to pay your personal bills). Don’t you just love it?

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  1. […] The Undertraining of Lawyers and Its Effects On The Advancement of Women and Minorities in the Legal… […]

  2. anonminority Said:

    The worst part of it all is that even many minorities claim they have an easy time with affirmative action in play. My experience has been that this just isn’t a reality at all. Affirmative action might possibly get a student into school, but then the point of school is to get a paying job, and that’s where it never does anything.

    They might hire a white sounding name from a top university, but anybody from a top school always had those options, it’s just minorities didn’t have as good options even then. Now with affirmative action a few of these people are getting the positions they would have gotten if they were white in the first place, while everyone else doesn’t get anything.

    Yet for those that struggle very hard and do land a position, they are then marginalized with the claim that they are inferior and only got the position over a more qualified white person due to affirmative action.

    And most definitely white women do benefit the most, as they are lumped in with minorities and white women do indeed get plenty of opportunities, they represent very well in terms of hiring. Minority females simply are in the same boat as minority men, which is not good, hence why they do not do as well as the white women.

    • A Law School Victim Said:

      I agree this country hasn’t changed. I meet third generations of immigrants all the before and either they or theirparents said they feel tricked or didnt know living in this country would be so hard. That’s why business and corporations run it–good ay advertising and marketing; most
      people understand the false reality after they became a part of it.

  3. JD Underdog Said:

    I, too, am a racial minority. I agree that it’s a good old boys club, no matter how well law schools and law firms tout their diversity programs. As you said in an earlier post, minorities have figured out this game.

  4. As a minority, I always felt like the door is open, but you can’t get past the foyer of the house. It’s still a good old boys club. You’ll never be invited to take off your coat and stay a while.


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