Courtesy of Lydia Anglin ’18

Courtesy of Lydia Anglin ’18

March 21, 2017

Black Ivy Pre Law Society Seeks to Promote Ethics, Excellence

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The newly established Black Ivy Pre Law Society, a “professional honor society for students of color who are dedicated to pursuing a degree and career in law upon graduation,” is aiming to increase the minority representation in pre-law fields, according to the founders Samantha Camy ’18 and Lydia Anglin ’18.

Camy and Anglin said they founded the club to fill a void in Cornell’s resources for both for pre-law students and students of color.

“There’s lots of different minority organizations on campus that target different groups of people or different majors,” said Camy. “But we didn’t notice one for pre-law.”

Although the organization is only in its second semester, Anglin added that the members have “held an internal meet and greet with Cornell Law School Black Students Association, planned and hosted one of our two open information sessions for spring recruitment, promoted our upcoming law student panel — From Me 2 U — with the Black Students Law Association, and seen four of our society members complete Cornell Law’s Outreach Program.”

This semester, they have visits planned to Cornell Law School and Syracuse University College of Law. Camy said the club is also working on a trip to Boston next fall.

Anglin said these activities are meant to uphold their core values.

“Our founding values, ethics, equality, excellence and economy, are meant to encompass everything that we feel make a well-rounded legal professional and community leader: one who values justice and equity, strives to be the best at whatever they do and understands their ability to positively impact the broader community and economy,” she said.

Anglin also said they plan to expand beyond campus and provide resources for other universities.

“It is my goal to see the Black Ivy Pre Law Society open chapters on every Ivy League campus and even organize annual conferences to bring everyone together,” Anglin said. “More than ever, solidarity and community development are so important.”

  • Tom

    Apparently diversity is only a virtue when applied to predominately white organizations. By the way, why do all these women look so angry?

    • alum

      They look professional, not angry. They’re taking a photo in a professional setting for a pre-professional organization. It makes sense that they’re not laughing and smiling with open mouths. It’s basic decorum. Women can be professional without being deemed angry.

      • Tom

        So you think that a scowl on your face with your arms crossed is a professional look? Who are they trying to be- the Black Pantherettes?

    • Joan

      Ha, ha, I agree. As a Black person, their scowls and angry stance made me blink twice.

      • Supporter

        I wonder why people always find a way to turn positive things into a negative… They have multiple smiling pictures on their page since you’re so concerned.

        Congratulations ladies! Thank you for your hard work. Good luck.

  • alum

    Thank you for illustrating why organizations that promote the advancement of marginalized communities are so necessary.

  • Cornellian

    So proud!

  • Lydia

    Thank you for the feature! We look forward to using our platform to uplift current and future Cornellians interested in the legal profession.

    Please visit/follow our page on Facebook: or @BlackIvyPLSociety on Instagram to stay in the loop. Can’t wait for the future!

  • Jeb

    I am not one traditionally considered to be a POC. Am I welcome in this organization?