Legal Profession


Race and Law School: The Intersection of Obstacles for Aspiring Black Lawyers

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Journal Article

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lawyer demographics, race and ethnicity


Recent data of the legal profession have raised red flags about the lack of diversity in the field as compared to other career choices. Due to the fact that 4 of 5 lawyers are white, this leaves very little room for black lawyers to fill jobs in their desired positions. This paper first establishes the literary origins of the black lawyer and succinctly follows the progression made to the emergence of corporate law as an attractive legal sector for black lawyers and further analyzes the connection of the two. Using the survey data, the paper gathers and explains lived experiences of black law students and graduates and calls upon their struggles in their path as a black person in their respective institutions.