Diversity and Inclusion in Law School and Higher Education

The Human Side of Law School: The Case for Socializing Minority Recruitment and Retention Programs

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Journal Article

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diverse campus environment, diversity pathway programs, student attrition


This paper explores the importance of social cognition in law school choice. This paper then proposes a three-part recruitment and retention program for minority students: First, how law schools can utilize social interactions through the creation of mentor-mentee relationships between law students and prospective students; Second, an investigation into the rich recruitment potential of hosting social events, such as mock trials and moot courts; and Third, an exploration of the advantages that a vibrant social media presence can have for law schools’ minority recruitment efforts.