The underrepresentation of minoritized groups in the legal profession has been a longstanding and serious problem in this country. For this reason, law schools are actively recruiting underrepresented and disadvantaged applicants and have established policies to assure that qualified candidates are given the opportunity for a legal education.
If you are a minoritized student, it is wise to be well informed of the opportunities available. You should make certain to identify yourself as a member of a minority group at the time you register for the LSAT and with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). This will enable interested law schools to contact you through the Candidate Referral Service.
Thereafter, you might wish to contact relevant student organizations at the law schools you are considering. It will be to your advantage to discuss your interests and application with members of these organizations since in some instances they will track your application and may have a part in the admissions decision. These students can also inform you of any special problems or advantages for minority students at their particular school.
Many students have found a helpful resource in Thinking about Law School: A Minority Guide, which offers advice for applicants about the legal profession and admission to law school.
Each year, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) helps economically and educationally disadvantaged students prepare for the LSAT and enter law school. This is done through summer institute programs, workshops, and scholarship programs. Here is a non-exhaustive list of opportunities and programs that directly target students of color and/or underrerepresented students in the legal profession:
Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools (TRIALS)
DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program