Welcome to Latinas Uprising! This is a community for new and aspiring attorneys seeking to excel in the legal field.
Latinas make up only 1.3% of legal professionals in the United States. To even be admitted into law school, Latinas must overcome more social, cultural, and systemic barriers than other social groups. No doubt, it is a tough journey to a J.D.!
Latinas Uprising is here to guide you through the higher education maze; give you tools to overcome the systemic barriers in law school; help you navigate the cultural conflicts you experience with family as you embark on a new career; and equip you with practical knowledge to advance your legal practice. Our goal is to increase the amount of Latina Lawyers in the U.S. while fostering a formidable group of mujeres who are ready to lead both in their jobs and communities.
In short, Latinas Uprising is for the modern Latina with dreams, career goals, and life aspirations who strives to maintain her cultural identity and family traditions.
Whether you’re a pre-law student considering law school or a new attorney beginning your career there is a space for you here.
About the Editor:
Hi! My name is Nubia and I’m the founder and editor of Latinas Uprising.
In a nutshell: midwest-raised, Chicago-living, Mexican/Panamanian, total millennial, cat obsessed, former immigration attorney turned public servant. Always learning and seeking ways to grow! Here are some fun facts about me!
More in depth: As an undergrad, I became passionate about social, racial, and gender-based justice. I realized that by becoming an attorney, I could advocate for progressive change. Immediately after my college graduation, I moved to Chicago to start law school. For the first half of my career, I represented survivors of gender-based crimes seeking immigration relief at the largest legal aid in the state. In the midst of political turmoil, I made a switch to policy within local government to try to do the most good that I could for a city that I love.
I created Latinas Uprising because I struggled through law school and wanted to help other women experiencing similar struggles. In law school, I often felt out of place, unprepared, and questioned whether I could really achieve my life-long goal of being an attorney. It wasn’t until after law school that I realized many of those experiences and feelings had less to do with me and more to do with systemic oppression, cultural barriers, and implicit bias that impacts all of our educational and professional careers. My goal with Latinas Uprising is to expose those roadblocks and provide new & aspiring attorneys the tools to recognize and overcome them.
Let’s connect: @Latinas_Uprising
What a great organization and site! As a NYC born Latina and lawyer is great to have an organization that encourage, uplift and provides information to Latinas interested in Law and the ones who are already part of this rewarding and at times overwhelming profession. I started following you through Instagram and that led me to the site. Great job! Felicidades y Que sigan Los éxitos!
Thanks so much for the kind words! I’m so happy that this reaches out to so many Latinas and hopeful that it does provide some support (that is often too lacking in our profession). Gracias!!
I love your blog!!
My name is Brittany and I am a current intern at a small law firm. I am about to go into my senior year of undergrad which means beginning to prepare for law school apps, ahhhh. But I came across your blog and wanted to say I love it. It is very insightful, creative, and keeps my attention when I have downtime at the office. I am a young Puerto Rican woman aspiring to become a lawyer, hopefully in Miami. I am also in the process of learning Spanish to embrace my background as well. Thank you for your blog!
Hi Brittany! Thanks so much for reading and supporting the site! Good luck on y our your journey to law school! <3
I am currently in law school and have been so blessed by this blog. As a first generation college student and a Latina, this blog answers many of my questions, addresses my fears and concerns about school and post grad life, and makes me feel less lonely. Knowing that my concerns have crossed other people’s minds makes me feel heard and soothed in the midst of difficult times. Love this blog <3
Thanks so much! It’s so great to hear that we can help! Good luck with law school! <3
I am a part time , single mom Latina in law school and I am soooo happy to have stumbled across this blog! Less than 2 percent of Latinas are American lawyers and I am so determined to change that!
Thanks for reading Steph! I’m so excited for you to join this profession!
Thank you for creating this space! As i start my journey to law school i am facing a lot of the things you mentioned here. It feels good to know i am not alone in this journey!
Thank you for reading!! I’m happy it helps and good luck with 1L year!