Alfred L. Brophy (North Carolina), African American Student Enrollment and Law School Ranking:
The director of the U.S. News law school rankings, Robert Morse, has initiated discussion about how – if at all – racial diversity should be included in the U.S. News rankings. This essay explores the relationship between African American student enrollment and U.S. News peer assessment scores of law schools. It explores this first at all ABA-approved law schools, and then within tiers of law schools. It finds a positive, though slight, relationship between African American student enrollment and peer assessment scores for the 26 most elite law schools, a marginally stronger relationship for the top 103 schools, and a slight negative relationship for the remaining schools. These findings are supplemented with data on the relationship between schools’ U.S. News peer assessment scores and their proportions of Asian American students, Hispanic students, and minority faculty.
Alfred L. Brophy (North Carolina), Relationship Between African American Student Enrollment and Law School Ranking:
Here is a pdf of the top 26 US News schools in terms of peer assessment with their percentage of African American students and another of the top 26 schools re-ranked according to the percentage of their students who are African American. Pretty interesting to see who's at the top -- Washington University is first, followed by Harvard, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Columbia, Georgetown, and NYU....
[H]ere is a list of the top 25 schools in terms of percentage African American student enrollment. It's a pretty interesting list -- headed, of course, by the six historically black law schools. Then Atlanta's John Marshall, Rutgers Newark, Loyola of New Orleans, Cooley, William and Mary, Charlotte, and Washington University. Harvard's in there, too. It's an odd mixture of some of our nation's very most elite schools with some of the easiest to gain admission to, and lots of others in between.