Friday, April 1, 2011

Fewer African Americans and Mexican Americans in Law School

The proportion of black students in law school dropped by 7.5 percent from 1993 to 2008, reports Columbia Law School, which examined data from the Law School Admission Council. The proportion of Mexican-American students decreased by 11.7 percent over the same period. Together those students' enrollment went from 9.5 percent of the incoming class in 1993 to 8.7 percent in 2008.

This is what the audience heard at a recent conference at Catholic Uā€™s  law school. The  article on the Chronicle of Higher Education online covering the conference is entitled ā€œPanel Suggests Ways to Increase Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Law Schools.ā€ However, the article reports only two suggestions: (1) Collaborate with high schools to reach these students at an early stage. (2) Encourage the students to work for two years at a meaningful job before starting law school.


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