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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Law Students Protest Lack of Diversity at Florida

Florida_1 The Independent Florida Alligator reports that Students Petition Levin; Some Are Concerned About the Law School's Lack of Diversity:

Seventeen of the 92 incoming Fall students to the UF Levin College of Law are not white. Ten of the college's 72 faculty are not white....The law school's 18.5% minority enrollment this Fall places it near the bottom of the Association of American Universities' list of top schools this semester when ranked by minority enrollment.... About 100 students and faculty signed a petition at the UF law school today to encourage administrators to face its lack of diversity.

The minority statistics this Fall are misleading, said Associate Dean Patrick Shannon. For the first time, the law school accepted one pool of student applications simultaneously for both the Summer and Fall semesters, Shannon said. A total of 298 students enrolled in the entire group: 206 in the Summer and 92 in the Fall. Of the 298 total, 22.8% were minorities, Shannon said.

(Hat Tip:  JD2B.com.)

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