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The only way I can think of indicating diversity on my resum junkwired08/24/17
Asian -- no, they don't care. LGBT -- possibly If you rubbersoul1408/24/17
I am sure it works sometimes for some but at the same time t triplesix08/24/17
this is nonsense, biglaw (at least in NYC) is really despera uzername08/24/17
Is that what you are reading on their diversity handbooks ha triplesix08/24/17
A) there is a shortage of minorities in law B) law firms do dingbat08/24/17
In what world is there a shortage of any labour in law. Quit triplesix08/24/17
there is a shortage of T14 grads above median of color. I dingbat08/24/17
For a lawyer you surely like using word shortage in a very l triplesix08/24/17
A) there is a shortage of minorities in law Not in biglaw mrlollipop08/24/17
How about LGBT? junkwired08/24/17
definitely a plus dingbat08/24/17
Depends on your market. If I was applying at larger firms i jackiechiles08/24/17
Thanks for the feedback. Based on the input, I'm planning on junkwired08/24/17
Are you out of space or something? You can just leave both o 2breedbares08/24/17
OP, the overwhelming majority of attorneys in BigLaw are whi trickydick08/24/17
If the diversity is visible, include a reference to you Link bittersweet08/25/17
junkwired (Aug 24, 2017 - 11:10 am)

The only way I can think of indicating diversity on my resume is to include the relevant student associations I belonged to and maybe membership to my state's bar associations. My name suggests that I'm a white guy (which is half true). Namely, if it helps, I'd like to add the Asian and LGBT student associations I belonged to. Just worried it might appear a little too obvious or even tacky. Thoughts? Do firms even care about these particular diversity qualities?

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rubbersoul14 (Aug 24, 2017 - 11:25 am)

Asian -- no, they don't care.

LGBT -- possibly

If you can find some blackness or latino-ness buried within yourself, try to exploit that.

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triplesix (Aug 24, 2017 - 11:35 am)

I am sure it works sometimes for some but at the same time there a lot of lame ass whites who will roll their eyes and rightfully so. Nobody likes racist or sexist policies in employment setting promoting minorities or womyns or sexual deviance.

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uzername (Aug 24, 2017 - 12:05 pm)

this is nonsense, biglaw (at least in NYC) is really desperate for diversity right now. not Asian though, lol, unless you're a rich kid fob who speaks Mandarin and can bring in rich chinese clients.

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triplesix (Aug 24, 2017 - 12:18 pm)

Is that what you are reading on their diversity handbooks haha

If they were desperate for minorities, they would just hire them. Surely there is no shortage of blacks or whatever in America.

Lame ass whites luv giving that lip services while they continue doing what they always done.

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dingbat (Aug 24, 2017 - 12:55 pm)

A) there is a shortage of minorities in law
B) law firms do prefer prestige, but when choosing two near-equal candidates, minority gets a leg up (just so they can have that one black face in the picture)

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triplesix (Aug 24, 2017 - 1:03 pm)

In what world is there a shortage of any labour in law. Quit spouting some idiotic slog you heard 30 years ago.

Prefftige is great and all but if the work needs to be done, there are plenty of able bodied minority lawyers willing to work.

Again this is nothing but a generic lip service likely coming from someone who is lame and white, but good try.

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dingbat (Aug 24, 2017 - 2:51 pm)

there is a shortage of T14 grads above median of color.

I'm not saying that Skadden will take a minority who barely passed Cooley, under any circumstances. But if they can choose between a top 25% at Columbia who happens to be black over someone who is top 25% at Columbia who happens to be white, the former gets a leg up.

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triplesix (Aug 24, 2017 - 3:08 pm)

For a lawyer you surely like using word shortage in a very lose way dear.

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mrlollipop (Aug 24, 2017 - 9:31 pm)

A) there is a shortage of minorities in law

Not in biglaw. Nobody really cares about diversity in biglaw.

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junkwired (Aug 24, 2017 - 12:52 pm)

How about LGBT?

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dingbat (Aug 24, 2017 - 1:01 pm)

definitely a plus

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jackiechiles (Aug 24, 2017 - 1:03 pm)

Depends on your market. If I was applying at larger firms in large cities that claim to be all about diversity, then I'd put it on there. If I was applying for smaller firms in mid-sized cities, I'd check out each firm individually and see whether they seem like they'd value that aspect of your life before putting it on the resume.

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junkwired (Aug 24, 2017 - 1:14 pm)

Thanks for the feedback. Based on the input, I'm planning on adding the lgbt association and leaving off the asian one. This resume would only be for the mid to large sized firms.

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2breedbares (Aug 24, 2017 - 1:23 pm)

Are you out of space or something? You can just leave both on. Don't think it looks tacky.

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trickydick (Aug 24, 2017 - 1:24 pm)

OP, the overwhelming majority of attorneys in BigLaw are white. Being white will not be a disadvantage in applying for these positions. Graduating at the bottom of your class from a poorly ranked law school will be a disadvantage.

Trying to pass yourself off as a minority will not benefit you if you are not a competitive applicant. Even if you pretend you're a black Muslim lesbian from Brazil, they won't care because odds are they can find a black Muslim lesbian from Brazil who also graduated from Harvard or Yale.

Being a URM in America in the 21st century isn't like being a white male in 19th century America.

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bittersweet (Aug 25, 2017 - 2:30 pm)

If the diversity is visible, include a reference to you LinkedIn page, with the appropriate photo.

I would say you could include a photo on your resume like is common overseas, but that may be too unusual for the legal field.

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