Monday, April 25, 2011
Education reformers have argued for some time that America's law schools should seek greater demographic diversity among their students, faculty, and administrators. These reformers say this increased diversity will enhance the learning environment by exposing those involved to more perspectives on important questions and issues. Diversity advocates argue that recruitment and placement policies should be redesigned so the major demographic characteristics of law students, faculty, and administrators more closely resemble those of the public. This project examines diversity in relation to the socioeconomic origins of deans at America's top fifty law programs. The survey results show that notwithstanding gains on other demographic fronts, deans at these elite programs disproportionately come from higher socioeconomic backgrounds. The discussion closes by offering specific steps that schools can take to ensure greater socioeconomic integration among their deans.