A new student organization hopes to better represent marginalized students who are interested in law.
The Pre-Law Association for Marginalized Students was launched by sophomores Myah McNair, Cristian Diaz and Julieta Martinez Gonzalez in response to problems they saw the campus facing.
“We noticed a lack of diversity within the Pre-Law Society that was already on campus,” said McNair.
Their goal is to help students create connections with people who look like them and who are in or will soon be in the field of law.
“As an organization, we want to provide a safe space for Black, Indigenous and other students of color (BIPOC) whose intention is to attend law school by expanding the network, creating study and discussion spaces, cultivating a community of driven leaders to diversify the field of law, and providing support to make law school a reality for marginalized groups,” said McNair.
An aim for mentorship
The founders of the organization wish to provide mentorship, community service events, classes on networking and programs that are specific to minority individuals interested in law school.
“We are also working on getting free LSAT materials for everyone that is going to be involved in the organization,” said McNair.
Although the organization is in its beginning stages, it is interested in bringing in faculty members to host events regarding law and marginalized groups.
McNair is also interested in collaborating with different offices on campus, such as Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services (IIS) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
“We hope that this organization will be a tool to develop students and aim to serve every one of our members,” McNair said. “Ranging from study resources and practice material to providing students with web support, we hope to create the nurturing environment they desperately need.”
TCU’s other active Pre-Law Society says they think the organization is a great idea.
“We’ve long had little participation from our pre-law students who represent marginalized communities in the legal profession and I realize they are here among us,” said Ralph Carter, campus advisor for the Pre-Law Society.
If students want to join this organization, they can go to TCU Engage and search “Pre-Law Association for Marginalized Students” and request to join.
Their first general body meeting will be Friday, April 16, at 6:00 p.m..