| trudawg wrote:|
However law school is uniquely different in the fact that it's so highly competitive. I socialized with my YT counterparts, but it only goes so far.
Law school is competitive, but so are most professional, post grad programs. Med school, dental school, physical therapy school, etc. And really, we want the best, so there is nothing wrong with healthy competition. The difference is, for black folk at top schools, isolation is part of the deal.
The simple, ugly truth is this: our presence is always negotiable. To put a fine point it, white people feel no pain whether we are present or not. That being said, no black person, or any other person or color for that matter, who gets into a top tier law school should expect to be greeted with open arms. Long before most of us were accepted into whatever hallowed halls we were to haunt for three long years, we already knew the deal. Not sure why these kids are surprised.
Be sure you want the law in your life. If you do, full speed ahead and don’t whine.
Sage advice? Find a church first!
Here’s the trifecta:
1. Actively seek out other black students, no matter their degree tract. Eat together at least once a week. Relax, talk, listen, vent, play music. Just be together. (Don't turn up your nose at black service staff- custodians, painters, cafeteria workers. They will help you if you aren't snotty.)
2. Join black law student associations with the express intent of asking for referrals for local black attorneys. If you get one, GO. I don’t care if it’s 9 at night. Go. Listen. Ask for help. We know how hard it is. Those of us who haven’t forgotten who we are will be glad to help you.
3. Never ever compare yourself to whitey. Nine times out of ten, whitey would drop dead if he/she ever had to contend with what you’ve had to contend with. Watch whitey. Find two or three that the others look up to. Make nice with them. They’ll “vouch” for you with the other yt folk. That way, when you need something, you’ll be able to get it to help yourself and the other black students. You’ll never be friends with 99% of them, but so what.