Diversity and Inclusion in Law School and Higher Education

Title

The Culturally Proficient Law Professor: Beginning the Journey

Document Type

Law Review Article

Publication Date

12-2018

Keywords

legal education, race, gender, diversity, law faculty, cultural competence

Abstract

Boles argues that for legal education to be inclusive we need culturally proficient instruction. Culturally proficient instruction will have powerful implications for legal education. Law professions should use culturally proficient instruction to; deconstruct the culture of marginalization in law schools and reconstruct a culture of racial inclusion, redistribute responsibility among all law faculty and not just faculty of color, empower professors to teach cultural proficiency throughout the curriculum and law students to learn skills they will engage with their future clients. Three strategies for law faculty are seeking training in cultural proficiency, mitigating unconscious behaviors, and recognizing and reducing microaggressions.

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