HOUSTON, TX – BLACK PRE-LAW Magazine, the magazine for law school aspirants serious about success, recently made its national debut. This high-quality print and digital magazine is the only one in the country geared specifically towards African Americans interested in pursuing a professional legal education.
According to Attorney Evangeline Mitchell, founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine, “The magazine was created to assist Blacks in becoming more well-educated and sophisticated legal education consumers. It is designed to assist them in making more informed and thoughtful decisions about pursuing law school so that they can better understand what they are getting themselves into and what it really takes to succeed if they decide to pursue this challenging path.”
Based on recent statistics, the majority of African Americans who apply to law school don’t get in. The magazine’s founder believes that this is due, in part, to a lack of good, credible information given early. She believes that the Black community should be told what it takes to be more excellent, strategic, and competitive applicants for graduate and professional school early on, as well as the realities of what it takes to succeed in law school environments and after earning the degree.
One of the goals of the magazine is to share this type of information in an engaging, accessible way. She aims to make sure this magazine gets distributed throughout the African American community nationally from as early as middle school when children begin to think more seriously about and explore future career choices.
BLACK PRE-LAW magazine provides information on several areas of interest to those who hope to attend law school one day – from what applicants must do to get in, what law school is really like, law school preparation, current issues in legal education, the value of a legal education, paying for law school, the legal profession, alternative careers, networking and relationship building, and more. Moreover, the magazine is unafraid to tackle some of the more “controversial” issues affecting legal education such as affirmative action, diversity in law schools, reasons not to pursue law school, legal education reform, the changing legal job market, and the realities of law school debt.
Furthermore, it provides beautiful, positive images of studious, ambitious, and professional Black people, and profiles and interviews of real-life people of African descent who are either aspiring to become lawyers, working toward their legal education, or who are already there. These images enable African Americans with law school aspirations to see what they want to be.
“The pages are filled with not only wonderful images, but also real wisdom and insight from Black people who come from similar social, educational, and cultural backgrounds as our readers, and who have done or are doing what they want to do. Most importantly, we feature those who want to see others succeed and make sure that opportunities are available for those coming behind them. The genuine spirit behind this magazine and those who contribute to it in some way is a shared belief that true success is collective, so we should be willing to share the lessons of what we have learned. We do this in hopes that this cycle of obtaining our goals and then giving back through sharing our experiences to lift others up continues,” shared Mitchell.
In addition to special features, informative articles, profiles, and interviews, the magazine also provides legal cases, concrete assignments, recommended books and movies, legal history relevant to African Americans, and other information future lawyers will want to and need to know to achieve success. The founder’s goal is to also respond to readers’ suggestions and to continue to work to make each edition better than the previous ones.
The premier issue features articles on Lloyd Gaines and the Landmark Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada Supreme Court Case, Remembering Pioneering Legal Scholar and Civil Rights Activist Derrick Bell, an exclusive interview with Chibundu Nnake, national chairperson of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), The Morehouse-Spelman Pre-Law Society, and special coverage of the National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair. Other articles of interest in this issue include The Law School Scholarship Game, Lest We Forget: The Intrinsic Value of Legal Education, The ABCs of Law School Acceptance, Mastering the Admissions Game, Twenty Strategies to Prepare for Law School Success, and Ten Super Foods for the Brain.