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Welcome to the OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER of Hope's Promise Publishing and author Evangeline M. Mitchell!
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FYI: Evangeline’s well-received book “The African American Pre-Law School Advice Guide” - the first and only law school admissions guide for African Americans - is NOW AVAILABLE at Amazon.com, Borders.com, CushCity.com, BarristerBooks.com, TheBlackLibrary.com and BarnesandNoble.com, as well as select book stores and direct from the publisher. It is distributed through Baker & Taylor, Quality Books and Afrikan World Books.
“Profiles & Essays of Successful African American Law School Applicants” - featuring outstanding African American law students and graduates throughout the nation - is due for a special limited release in February 2004 and an official nationwide release in the fall. Look out for this important and groundbreaking publication!
You can check out Evangeline on the web at her publishing company’s website at www.hopespromisepublishing.com. Evangeline also manages the highly-acclaimed, premiere informational website for aspiring Black lawyers - For Future Black Law Students: Information and Support Network which can be accessed at www.forfutureblacklawstudents.com. Tell your friends with law school aspirations about this amazing site which has people talking!
Hope's Promise Publishing is taking the lead in providing greatly-needed informational, motivational and empowering books and products to assist African Americans, other minorities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds in realizing their dreams of getting into and succeeding in law school. . . . And that's not all. We're just getting started and getting better!
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Newsletter Dated: 9/28/2005 9:58:45 PM
Subject: IF YOU ARE BLACK AND LAW SCHOOL BOUND, HELP HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!: NEW BOOK SHOWCASES 75 MODELS OF EXCELLENCE FOR ASPIRING AFRICAN AMERICAN LAW STUDENTS
HOUSTON, Texas – During the Christmas holiday break of her senior year in college, author Evangeline M. Mitchell, a young African American woman aspiring to go to law school, received some invaluable information. A high school friend with the same educational goals shared copies of resumes, profiles and personal statements she received from Black law students at a prestigious Ivy League law school she visited. Evangeline reviewed the coveted materials with amazement. She now had a more educated perspective of what law school admissions officers were truly looking for. She went from becoming the first college graduate in her family to eventually gaining acceptance into a top-ranked law school - despite receiving her fair share of rejection letters. Reflecting on her experience with the fiercely competitive law school admissions process and how earlier exposure to this information regarding her competition could have positively impacted her and resulted in more acceptances, Evangeline was inspired to inform and educate other minority law school hopefuls with models of “real life” successful African American law school applicants. The idea for her new book was born. Given the fact that less than half of all African American law school applicants get into any law school that they apply to, her new book is timely and greatly needed.
Here’s more …
“During the application process, I mistakenly thought it was primarily about good grades and strong Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores. One of the biggest hurdles for African Americans is understanding what is necessary to properly prepare for such a high stakes exam. I was among those people who didn’t have a realistic sense of what it took to ace this test. Besides the numbers, which are definitely a large part of the admissions process, being viewed as a competitive candidate goes much deeper than that. Reviewing actual application materials from top Black law students gave me a much better and more accurate picture of the very high level of competition that exists,” states the author. “It was eye-opening. I had no clue about the realities of what I was up against. At the same time, I was proud to see that these accomplished individuals were African American. It was stimulating to learn about all of the impressive study abroad experiences they had, summer internships they completed, the awards they received and community service they performed. It was affirming to read their personal essays and relate to our common experiences and their engaging, diverse and complex perspectives as Black Americans. Even more compelling was the adversity some of those applicants had to conquer to achieve their dreams. They were strong in every area and also had that “X” or “wow” factor that would make admissions officers look twice. By the time I got my hands on this, it was December of my senior year – really too late to change anything I had done since I was already in the process of getting my applications ready. Having this type of information early on could have really empowered me.”
To assist prospective Black lawyers, Mitchell has compiled and edited Profiles & Essays of Successful African American Law School Applicants. This dynamic and empowering resource book includes:
Seventy-five (75) profiles and over 60 essays from a diversity of outstanding African Americans who were successfully admitted to well over 100 different law schools from every tier-level across the nation
Advice from African American law students and graduates specifically for future applicants
Checklists to assist applicants in essay preparation
Expert insight on the admissions process and the importance of the personal statement, resume and profile from experienced law school admissions professionals
An advice book/workbook including numerous detailed tips on writing the personal statement, resume, profile, addendum and recommendations
A listing of useful writing resources, pre-law organizations and websites
The text of the landmark Grutter v. Bollinger University of Michigan Law School Supreme Court decision upholding affirmative action in law school admissions
Self-assessment, strategic planning and law school admissions committee exercises
Affirmations for law school admissions success, and
Personal statement/essay instructions from the majority of American Bar Association-approved law schools.
“The whole concept behind this book is that we learn to be successful by emulating successful people and this book is full of them. If I would have had this book as a high school student or at the beginning of my college years it would have meant the world to me. I had an idea of what I thought I was supposed to do. However, I didn’t have any concrete models to emulate. It would have helped me to take on a more competitive mindset and then strategize, plan and step up my game a few more levels in every area,” shares the author.
“Although I was a focused ‘straight A’ college student with the strong desire to break the cycle and ‘make it’ in the academic realm and in the professional world, there is so much more I had the potential to achieve if I had been armed with this knowledge. I will readily admit that I was woefully ignorant about the true nature of the law school admissions process. I was under the false impression that if you were a hardworking honors student that you were somehow entitled to law school acceptance. Law school admissions, like life, doesn’t quite work this way. I learned the hard way that there are no guarantees. Knowing what I now know I would have been willing to fight even harder against people and circumstances that tried to stifle me. I would have been much more proactive and willing to create opportunities that weren’t readily available to me. Unfortunately, for the most part, I navigated the law school admissions process alone. I had the basic information regarding the forms that had to be filled out and the requirements. But I did not have advisement or mentors to fully explain the high level of expectation to be considered a truly competitive candidate when competing against others just as and even more smart and driven as I was.”
“Knowing what I learned too late in the application process, I would have made a concerted effort in those years of pre-law school preparation to really stand out from the literally thousands of other very bright and talented prospective law students I was competing against by highlighting my unique background, personal characteristics, leadership qualities and accomplishments, especially in light of the obstacles and negativity I overcame. In addition, I would have emphasized, appreciated and better understood what I brought to the table in terms of diversity to the law school classroom and community. I possessed interesting perspectives based on the various aspects of my multiple social identities and experiences which would contribute to this diversity, including and beyond race, that should have been pointed out and clearly explained.”
“I was uneducated about the realities and took the admission process at face value. These days, applicants don’t have to. For me, I can’t change the past. However, I can impact the future by assisting others through this groundbreaking and practical publication. This book will help people with law school aspirations, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds like me, or those who attend schools that lack strong pre-law advisement, who have the ambition to become lawyers but badly need solid guidance on how to create a strategic plan or blueprint for their law school admissions success.”
If you or someone you know is interested in attending law school, this book is a worthy investment. Profiles & Essays of Successful African American Law School Applicants (ISBN: 0-9679303-1-6, 420 pages, 8 ½” x 11”, $29.95) is now available direct from the publisher. For more information, call them at 713-867-5923, or visit their website at http://www.hopespromisepublishing.com.
What People Are Saying About Profiles & Essays of Successful African American Law School Applicants:
“Profiles & Essays is a meticulous and thorough compilation of the excellence, tenacity and dedication that applicants need in order to be successful in their endeavor to matriculate into law school. The personal essays compiled in this invaluable text demonstrate exactly how the variety of experiences and worldviews of African American applicants can elevate the level of analysis in class discussion and, ultimately, enhance the ability of the legal profession to solve social problems. If prospective applicants were to make only one investment in pre-law material Profiles & Essays should be the one, because the stories contained here connect all the dots between the applicants’ academic and life experiences and their assertion that they can succeed in law school. Precisely because the applicants profiled in Mitchell’s work have been successful, these essays can show prospective applicants how to convince admission committees of their ability to succeed in law school. The breadth of these profiles is exhaustive and wonderfully refreshing in its demonstration that diversity initiatives and excellence operate in tandem. Kudos to Mitchell for adding another dimension to diversity initiatives in legal education.”
Felice Robinson, J.D., Immediate Past Pre-Law Coordinator, Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)
“To whom much is given, much is required. We often hear those words spoken but few truly follow the wisdom hidden in that simple truth. This book, its author and the contributors understand that simple truth.”
Mishonda Baldwin, Attorney at Law, Immediate Past Chairperson, 2002-2004, National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)
“Evangeline Mitchell has graciously shared her own experiences and enlisted the knowledge of 75 talented African American law students and several admissions officers to create a work that will prove invaluable for all, especially African Americans, interested in pursuing legal study. The true beauty of this work is that it grants access to an abundance of information that is often veiled in the competitive admissions environment. This volume is an incredible public service to potential law students, from high school prodigies who are now plotting their path to law school to those who are considering a change later in their career path. The advice that Evangeline and her colleagues present in this book will no doubt prove to be the launching pad for the dreams and legal careers of those who glean the wisdom and inspiration from these pages.”
Richard J. Reddick, Editor, Harvard Educational Review and Co-Author of A New Look at Black Families, Fifth Edition and The Case for Black Colleges in the 21st Century
“Mitchell’s quest to demystify and to simplify the law school admissions process for African Americans has just taken another giant leap with the publishing of Profiles & Essays of Successful African American Law School Applicants. Africans in America have had a long and complex history with the American legal system. Those leaders who have had the courage to turn the system on its head, in an effort to improve the conditions of African Americans, endured tremendous challenges, including access to law school. With this book, through wise and measured advice, a diversity of profiles, essays and perspectives, and a “boat load” of useful information, Mitchell empowers the readers (prospective law students) to meet the challenges of law school admissions head-on. In this era of attacks on access to quality education, one who is serous about acceptance into the best law schools would do well to read all of the profiles, essays and advice contained within this volume.”
Timothy E. Sams, Assistant Dean and Director of The Black Cultural Center, Swarthmore College
“This book is golden. After reading it, I feel that every aspiring law student would learn so many vital ideas from the book that you couldn’t afford not to have and read this from cover to cover. Conceptually, the book is highly innovative and I’ve never read anything that neared its equal. Its purpose is to enrich and inform and not to pacify with commercial, unoriginal concepts. The profiles themselves are presented in a manner that allows you to see similarities along with the contrast between students. I will avoid several “potholes” along the path to law school that I definitely wouldn’t have and this is entirely BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK. Absolutely necessary for your matriculation into law school.”
Chris Oliver, Engineer, Chairperson, National Association of Future Black Law Students (NAFBLS) 2003-2004
“Education is a fundamental and necessary aspect of life that opens the door for others and bridges the gap between people. Profiles & Essays of Successful African American Law School Applicants exposes potential law school students to the advantage points and possible pitfalls that must be considered in the application process. The book leads to law school applicants that have discovered something even greater! That is the knowledge of knowing that they can communicate and compete on a domestic as well as on a global scale. This is impact!”
Wayne E. Brown, Author, Black Samurai: Work, Travel, Culture, Religion, Struggle & Perspective of a Black Man
“Evangeline M. Mitchell’s Hope’s Promise Publishing releases another must-have guide for prospective law school students. Including resumes, personal statements and advice from students who have crossed the great divide, author Evangeline M. Mitchell puts necessary knowledge right out there. She does this brilliantly by illuminating the stories of others. Felicia R. Mickens, who is slated to graduate from Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University in 2006, says this to future students, “It is important to determine what attributes your ideal school should possess. Before applying to any law school, articulate your personal priorities.” This book, no doubt, helps make outlining such goals possible. If law school is on your radar, you need this book.”
Renita Q. Ward, RollingOut Urbanstyle Weekly