Legal Education Reform, Diversity, and Access to Justice
Michelle J. Anderson
CUNY School of Law
Rutgers Law Review, Vol. 61, pp. 1101-1036, 2009
This paper focuses on the current legal education reform dialogue. It argues that the dialogue fails to address the disproportionate exclusion of diverse students from the profession and the resultant lack of justice in underserved communities. The justice gap between impoverished and affluent communities in this country leaves the poor with inadequate legal representation. This gap is tied to the lack of diversity in the profession. Attorneys of color are more likely to serve clients of color and engage in public interest and public service practice. As the primary gatekeepers to the practice of law, law schools should address the disproportionate whiteness of the legal profession. If we reform legal education without reconsidering who law schools educate and who our graduates serve, we will have missed an opportunity to transform the academy and to make legal education and the legal profession more relevant and its practices more just.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: Legal Education, Reform, Race, Diversity, Public InterestAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 31, 2011
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