Paul L. Caron

Friday, August 27, 2021

Deep Applicant Pool Yields Record-Breaking Diversity At Top Law Schools

Reuters, Deep Applicant Pool Yields Record-breaking Diversity at Top Law Schools:

A wave of top law schools brought in their most diverse first-year classes ever this month, aided by a nearly 13% increase in the national applicant pool, with Harvard and Yale law schools reporting that students of color made up more than half of their 1L enrollment.

At Harvard Law School, 56% of the J.D. class of 2024 are students of color, up from 47% a year ago, and 54% of the new class are women, the school reported. ... 

Students of color comprise 54% of Yale Law School’s new 1L class, up slightly from 52% the previous year, according to recent data released by the school. Women account for 51% of the new class, while 17% are first-generation college students. ...

The University of Virginia said its new class is the most diverse on record, with 36% students of color and 51% women. And 11% of 1Ls self-identify as LGBTQ+. ...

At the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 53% of new 1Ls are students of color, 62% are women, and 22% are members of the LGBTQ+ community, the school reported.

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