Diversity and Inclusion in Law School and Higher Education

Title

Beyond the Numbers: An Examination of Diverse Interactions in Law School

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2019

Keywords

legal education, diversity, admissions, law faculty, cultural competency

Abstract

A concerted effort has been devoted to diversifying law schools. However, the focus has been almost exclusively on increasing the structural diversity of the student body rather than increasing diverse interactions. This study investigates the types of activities and experiences in law school that relate with more frequent diverse interactions. Findings illustrate several other factors, in addition to structural diversity, are related with more frequent diverse interactions. These factors include perceptions of a supportive and friendly law school environment, interactions with faculty members, positive relationships with other students, pro bono work, and being a member of a student organization.

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