Law Firm Partners With Hunter In Diversity Initiative
Hunter College has partnered with the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP to form the Fried Frank Pre-Law Scholars Program. The intent of the program is to prepare the college’s diverse student body to become competitive law school candidates through intensive LSAT and academic preparation and mentoring programs.
The Fried Frank Pre-Law Scholars Program will focus on intense and comprehensive preparation of Hunter’s undergraduates, 33 percent of whom are identified as either black or Hispanic, for law school admissions. The program includes early and extended LSAT workshops, interaction with Fried Frank lawyers for help with law school essays and other aspects of the application process, and exposure to the legal profession.
“Thanks to our partnership with Fried Frank, many worthy applicants who otherwise might have been overlooked will get the opportunity they deserve—to compete with the best and live their dreams,” said Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab.
According to the last United States Census, while racial and ethnic minorities constitute 30 percent of the US population, they make up less than 15 percent of practicing attorneys in the US. Hunter College is ideally positioned to address this discrepancy. In addition to being one of the most diverse universities in the nation, two-thirds of Hunter’s student population live in households with incomes under $50,000, including almost a third in households with incomes below $20,000. A significant number of students are immigrants and/or the first generation in their families to attend college.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is a leading international law firm with a long history of civic activism and student mentoring. “We are grateful to Fried Frank for their continued interest in pipeline programs and in ensuring that students from every background have the opportunity to succeed,” said President Raab.#