The National Jurist Recognizes UDC-DCSL as the Most Diverse Law School in the U.S.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
The National Jurist recognized the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law as the most diverse law school in the U.S., with 48.6% of students and 60% of faculty members from minority groups. UDC-DCSL also has the 6th highest percentage of African-American students at 29.2%.
From The National Jurist: "Diversity is not just having a big percentage of persons of color, said said Katherine Broderick, dean at the University of the District of Columbia – David A. Clarke School of Law. "I’m a true believer in real diversity — age, race, ethnicity, financial background, educational.”
Broderick said it is easy for many people to understand why age diversity and gender diversity are important, but the general population still struggles to understand race in that context as well.
"We are still at a place in a world where considering race in admissions
is important to achieve a goal of having it more open and accessible to
students in race of color,” she said. "Given a chance in law school, I
am completely confident that [minorities] would do extremely well.”
Broderick’s actions support her words when it comes to seeking a racially diverse student body. University of the District of Columbia ranks first in our inaugural ranking of racial diversity at U.S. law schools."
Additionally, "The University of the District of Columbia has taken significant steps to ensure its diverse student body. It has a program that, in the summer prior to the start of the year, brings in students with lower LSAT and GPA scores, as well as students who may have been out of school for period of time. The objective is to help the students get a leg up in getting to know the law school and the people. The school’s curriculum is also designed to support a diverse student body with a rich combination of theory and practice, Broderick said. A big portion of the curriculum is based on hands-on legal experience while in law school, including a 350-hour required clinic during the second and third years.
"It’s a perfect environment for a diverse student body,” she said. "Getting students ready to practice law in a new and diverse, global world.”
Read the full article in The National Jurist, "Most Diverse Law Schools"