Black Pre-Law Summit

UC Hastings Law and the UC Hastings Black Law Student Association (BLSA) held our first-ever UC Hastings Black Pre-Law Summit on Saturday, October 24th from 12:00pm-2:00pm PDT.  The event was held via Zoom.

The Summit was geared towards prospective Black law school applicants, though all were invited and welcomed in sharing best practices on the law school application process. The event offered breakout sessions with current BLSA students about the transition to law school and student life as well as an interactive session with UC Hastings BLSA alumni.

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We are excited to have you attend this event! The purpose of this event is to provide you with advice from current Black law students and Black attorneys. Additionally, this Summit serves as a bridge to help close access barriers to the legal field. Historically, African American/Black students have been underrepresented in the law field. According to the most recent data, Black attorneys account for only 5% of American attorneys, and Black law students make up a mere 8% of all law students (with the highest rates of attrition). While these numbers are largely based on the inequities we face as Black Americans, we also recognize that navigating the daunting admissions process without assistance is a contributing factor. (Pictured: Loren Hampton, Co-President of BLSA)

We are all too familiar with the feelings of angst and uncertainty that exist on the path to becoming an attorney, so we created this opportunity to engage with Black law students and attorneys prior to applying to and attending law school. Every panel member and facilitator participating in this Summit is here with the goal of helping you understand what it takes to be successful in law school and beyond, and the barriers you may face being Black in the legal field. Our incredible alumni work for government agencies, universities, non-profits, law firms, tech-giants, and themselves! They are all successful, and you will be, too! (Pictured: Marcus Kennedy-Grimes, Co-President of BLSA)

Thank you for joining the inaugural UC Hastings Law Black Pre-Law Summit. I want to thank everyone who has made this event possible, and most especially thank the members of the Black Law Students Association for their leadership and energy. I also want to thank the UC Hastings Black Alumni Council for their incredible generosity in co-sponsoring this event. To our attendees, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to learn more about UC Hastings and what studying the law might provide for your future. Now, more than ever, we need advocates in the legal profession to reflect the rich diversity of our local communities, states, and nation. At UC Hastings, we believe that making law school more accessible to underrepresented communities strengthens the community of lawyers as a whole. Access and excellence go hand in hand. I know that you will learn a lot today. You will find that there are amazing people at UC Hastings, and that our BLSA leaders, alumni, faculty, and staff, have worked hard to recruit and foster a rich, supportive, and vibrant Black student community. I hope that our paths will cross again in the future, and that you will consider UC Hastings as a next step in your career! (Pictured: Chancellor & Dean David Faigman)