National Jurist magazine names California Western among the top 40 law schools in the country for diversity.
California Western Named Among Top 40 Law Schools in the Nation for Diversity
Pipeline, scholarship, career development programs help ensure the legal profession represents the community
SAN DIEGO, December 3, 2012 - National Jurist magazine recently named California Western among the top 40 law schools in the nation for diversity. At number 35, California Western was the highest-ranking law school in San Diego for student and faculty diversity.
This fall’s entering first-year class was the most diverse in the school’s history, with 44% of students representing ethnically diverse backgrounds. Fifty eight percent of entering students were women.
Assistant Dean for Admissions Traci Howard underscored the importance of diversity in legal education. “As our society continues to become more diverse, we need attorneys that represent the many ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds across the nation,” said Howard. “California Western remains committed to expanding the pipeline to law school through our elementary and high school programs, and to maintaining a high level of diversity among the students, faculty, and staff on our campus.”
Helping diverse undergraduates A.I.M. for a future in law
In addition to programs targeting younger students, including Law High and Street Law, California Western partners with San Diego State University and UC San Diego to sponsor A.I.M. for Law. The program was designed for college students from underrepresented backgrounds who express an interest in law. A.I.M. for Law seeks to inspire and motivate diverse college students to seek a legal education through mentorship and guest speakers from various areas of the legal profession.
Mentoring and career development opportunities
California Western supports a diverse student body through scholarship programs aimed at entering students. The Stephen N. Zack Scholarship―named for the first Latino president of the American Bar Association―and the Robert J. Grey, Jr. Scholarship – honoring the second African American president of the ABA―reflect a commitment to diversity within the practice of law. Continuing students are eligible for the Tammie R. Harris and Lourine W. Twyman scholarships, for those who demonstrate a commitment to diversity and representing underserved groups.
Students can access peer and professional mentoring opportunities with diverse members of the local bar, and participate in the ABA’s Judicial Clerkship Programs offering students of diverse backgrounds uniquely valuable professional development opportunities.
California Western alumni serve as mentors and advisors, hire diverse students as interns and externs, and help the law school extend the diversity pipeline into the profession. Alumni serve as leaders in San Diego’s affinity bar associations, including the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, La Raza Lawyers, and Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego.