The Changing Social Role of Urban Law Schools
Joyce S. Sterling
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
University of Toronto; American Bar Foundation
University of California-Irvine; Southwestern Law School; American Bar Foundation
Southwestern University Law Review, Forthcoming
U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-16
This article, based on the first wave of the After the J.D. data, explores the history of urban law schools and asks whether they play the same role today as in the past. In particular, it asks whether the urban, Catholic, and independent categories of law schools located in major urban centers play a distinctive role today or whether law school ratings are more important in allocating students to particular schools and determining what role they will play in the legal profession. The analysis shows some continuities but also some interesting changes - for example, in terms of where immigrants are likely to attend law school and also the current significance of the social networking and location of urban schools today.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 39
Keywords: law schools, lawyers, law students
Date posted: December 4, 2006
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