Law School - Traditionally Underrepresented Students
Law schools are attempting to increase their enrollments of students who traditionally have been underrepresented in the legal profession. In keeping with most law schools' desire to admit students who have a variety of backgrounds, accomplishments, skills, and experiences, law schools look at the "total applicant." They are interested in the educational, cultural, and economic setting in which the applicant developed and the conditions, e.g., having to work, under which the student prepared for law school.
Try these resources:
- ABA - Center for Racial & Ethnic Diversity - Comprehensive source for data about minorities in the legal profession.
- ABA - Fund for Justice and Education - Provides students with financial assistance to attend law school. During his term as ABA President, William G. Paul, initiated the scholarship to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to apply to and attend law school.
- ABA - Women in the Profession - Aims not only to report the challenges that women lawyers face, but to bring about change in the legal workplace. Drawing upon the expertise and diverse backgrounds of the Commission members, the Commission develops programs, policies and publications to advance and assist women in law schools, academia, public and private practice and the judiciary.
- DiscoverLaw.org - Campaign and resource portal developed by the LSAC to to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed.
- LSAC - Accommodated Testing for the LSAT - For students with disabilities.
- LSAC - LGBT Applicants - Information for LGBT students regarding selecting law schools and application concerns. See also Career Center article about disclosure.
- LSAC - Racial/Ethnic Minority Applicants - Information for minority students regarding selecting law schools and application concerns. See also LSAC - Diversity Initiatives Grants Programs available to underrepresented students.