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Diversity and the Future of Legal Education

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Jul 15, 2011

My contribution to this symposium on “The Future of Legal Education” sketches one dean’s thoughts on the case for the importance of diversity at law schools. Let me begin with two questions. In these times, can a truly excellent law school have a homogenous student body and faculty? Can we truly – and do we want to – imagine a top twenty-five law school comprised of predominantly white men?  In my estimation, for reasons outlined in this Essay, diversity and excellence both are inextricably interrelated, mutually reinforcing, and well worth striving for by any law school worth its salt.

To read more about my article The Importance of Student and Faculty Diversity at Law Schools: One Dean’s Perspective, 96 Iowa Law Review 1549 (2011), see http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2011/05/the-importance-of-student-and-faculty-diversity-at-law-schools-one-deans-perspective.html.

Other symposium contributors were UCI Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Judith Areen (former dean, Georgetown), Michael Fitts (Dean, Penn), Judge Deanell Reece Tacha (Dean, Pepperdine), Kellye Testy (Dean, UW).  It was an excellent symposium!