Paul L. Caron

Saturday, July 3, 2021

ABA Gets An Earful Over Proposed Diversity Training Mandate For Law Students

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Karen Sloan (, ABA Gets an Earful Over Proposed Diversity Training Mandate for Law Students:

ABA Legal Ed (2021)A proposed new requirement that law schools train students in “bias, racism and cross-cultural competency” has received an icy reception from the public.

The American Bar Association’s council of the section of legal education and admissions to the bar in May advanced a slate of proposed changes to its law school standards meant to bolster diversity and inclusion on campus, and asked the public to weigh in. It received 39 comments by the Monday deadline—the majority of which raise objections to the changes. Those objections range from concern over vagueness in the language of the proposed standards and worries about encroachment on the independence of schools to set their own curriculum and policies, to fears that the changes will result in the political indoctrination of law students and arguments that diversity and inclusion training is unproven to yield the desired results. ...

Even without a mandate from the ABA, some law schools are already moving toward requiring that students take at least one course that addresses racism within the law. Penn State Dickinson Law became the first to adopt such a requirement in the fall of 2020. Since then, the University of California Gould School of Law; the University of California, Irvine School of Law; and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law have since followed suit. Roger Williams University School of Law this week unveiled a new requirement that students complete a course called Race & the Foundations of American Law, while deans at numerous other law schools have said publicly that their faculties are working toward establishing a similar requirement.

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