Diversity and Inclusion in Law School and Higher Education


A Critical Race Inquiry of African American Female Law Students' Educational Experiences at a Racially Diverse Law School

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Journal Article

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diverse campus environment, campus climate


The purpose of this research is to examine how African American female law students’ educational experiences have been impacted by institutionalized racism. Using Critical Race Theory, we analyzed data from a focus group comprised of five, 3rd-year black female law students attending a racially diverse campus in the Mid-South. Results indicate that systemic racism and sexism affects all aspects of law school experience for black females. Nonetheless, the strong presence of an institutional honor council, mentors, and minority professors served as protective factors to assist participants navigate a racist and patriarchal legal system.