Lawyers of Color surveyed 47 Black law students, who attend a broad range of law schools, including those in the top and middle tiers. Several are also attending historically Black law schools. In addition to answering the survey questions below, many commented on the negative impact the Covid-19 pandemic had on their job prospects.
While less than 5 sighted no difference, 20 said they were negatively affected either through things like job opportunities being put on hold or positions being reduced or rescinded. Here is some of what they said:
My Summer Associate program was cancelled, but I received a job offer for after graduation and summer stipend.
My initial in house internship was cancelled, which forced me to find a new summer opportunity. (both are paid summer positions)
My pay decreased 15% and instead of being paid for 10 weeks, I’m being paid for 5 weeks. I still have my position, but I’m worried that I missed out on 5 additional weeks of experience that other students are receiving.
My internship turned from a paid opportunity to an unpaid opportunity.
It has made my 10 week in person summer program a 4 week virtual program
It cancelled my employment prospects. I withdrew applications to prevent bringing something home to my elderly father.
I was unable to do my original summer job. With my current position in the clinic I am unable to meet with clients, go to court, or do some of the presentations that the clinic usually does. However, I still feel that I was able to gain a lot from my position.
I was not able to intern this year with a firm. I wanted to get court experience and the courts weren’t open.
I had to move to a different City
How often do you experience microaggressions at your law school?
When you finish law school, how much will you owe in total undergraduate and law school?
Did you secure a legal job after second year?
Do you feel you receive adequate faculty and administrative support from your law school?
Is there adequate black faculty at your law school?
How do you intend to pay your student loan debt?
Law School Rank (as designated by 2020 U.S. News & World Reports)
Did you secure a legal job after first year?
If you secured a legal job following your first year of law school, what was your employment status in that position?
If you secured a legal job following your second year of law school, what was your employment status in that position?
When you entered law school, were you aware of the employment numbers your school submitted to ABA?
Are you now aware of the employment numbers your school submitted to ABA?