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The Black Ivy Pre-Law Society: Ethics Equality, Excellence, Economy.
The Black Ivy Pre-Law Society was founded in May 2016 as a professional honor society for students of color and underrepresented minorities who are dedicated in their pursuit of a degree and career in law upon graduation. With this goal in mind, Black Ivy was founded on our values of Ethics, Equality, Excellence, and Economy. Our programming gives us the opportunity to expose our members to top law schools, firms, and the legal field—thus giving our members access to opportunities that would allow them to succeed. Our programming includes resume workshops, LSAT prep, BLSA Mixers, our Law School Chat Series, external events with other organizations on Cornell’s campus (such as our most recent Democratic Debate Watch Party), the #ADVANTAGETour, and our Pre-Law/Pre-Professional Summit.
(The four classes in order: Unum Imperium, Semper Invictus, Fortis Mollitiam, and Magna Vis)
The Advantage Tour
Our largest expense is the #ADVANTAGETour. This is an annual trip to a city in the United States with the purpose of visiting law schools, law firms, nonprofits, and engaging in community service, if possible. Planning the #ADVANTAGETour involves setting up events such as tours, Q&A panels, receptions, and networking mixers. In the past we’ve worked with Boston University School of Law, Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Proskauer Rose LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Davis Wright & Tremaine LLP, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the New York Civil Liberties Union to organize these activities in New York City.
(2022 Boston Advantage Tour)
This year, we’d like to take our members to Washington D.C. to visit the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, The United States Capitol, the African American History Museum, Howard University School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, and George Washington University Law School. Washington D.C., being the center of the public sector, will offer our members a diverse and wider possibility of legal professions to pursue.
A message from our President and Vice President
First and foremost, we'd like to thank you for taking the initiative to invest in empowerment, diversity, and inclusion. The Black Ivy Pre-Law Society was founded as a resource for pre-law students of color and has grown tremendously thanks to support from friends, family, mentors, and colleagues such as yourself. While you consider your contribution to our D.C. Advantage Tour Campaign, please note that the point of diversity and inclusion isn’t to highlight differences and showcase token identities. It is to reject adherence to exclusive normativity, appreciate our ability to learn from one another, and collaborate more efficiently because we bring a variety of ideas to the table. We believe that cultivating and approaching issues with an intersectional perspective is necessary for legal practicality and efficiency. Hence, our mission is to uplift minorities, open up space for the underrepresented, and deepen our understanding of how the legal arena works and can improve. Join us as we embark on our next chapter of scholarship and impact. We appreciate your time and assistance.
(Lelani Gorham and Aliyah Kilpatrick)
THE BLACK IVY PRE-LAW SOCIETY
This amount will get us one step closer to achieving our dreams of being lawyers
Gifts at this level cover the cost of food for one student on the #ADVANTAGETour
This donation covers the cost of housing for one student on the #ADVANTAGETour
As a Partner, you are an advocate and are helping the organization spread its reach. Donors at this level will be recognized at our Pre-Law / Pre-Professional Summit in the Spring!
This gift will support the cost of three Black Ivy pre-law students on the Advantage Tour. Donors at this level will receive a custom thank you video from our members and recognition at our events.