Diversity and Inclusion in Law School and Higher Education

A Report on Recruiting and Retaining Under-Represented Students in Texas Public Law Schools

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Issue/Research Brief/Blog

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diversity pathway programs, affirmative action, race-neutral alternatives, student attrition


Increasing the numbers of law school students from under-represented groups is an ongoing challenge for Texas and the nation. This report, which is an addendum to Projecting the Need for Legal Education in Texas, adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on October 25, 2002, assesses different strategies to enhance the number of under-represented students (e.g., Blacks, Hispanics, and economically disadvantaged) in Texas public law schools (Texas Southern University, Texas Tech University, University of Houston, and The University of Texas at Austin). This addendum report was requested by the Coordinating Board to provide information regarding the state’s approach to educating its citizens to enter the legal profession.

A Report on Recruiting and Retaining Under-represented Students in Texas Public Law Schools focuses on strategies to increase enrollment and retention of students from underrepresented groups among law students in public institutions in Texas, and provides a review of the recent literature regarding these efforts in other states.