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Seven Principles: Increasing Access to Law School Among Students of Color

22 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2011 Last revised: 18 Dec 2012

Catherine E. Smith

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

In Fall 2010 I became one of the first tenured professors in the nation to hold a deanship dedicated exclusively to diversity in a school of law. As the Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law (“SCOL”), I am charged with strengthening access to the legal academy, particularly among, but not limited to, students and faculty of color. This essay describes the evolution of my role and the seven principles that currently guide student pipeline and recruitment efforts at the SCOL. These principles help the SCOL focus those efforts, work strategically, and increase the likelihood that desired outcomes will be achieved. I conclude by offering three examples of efforts undertaken by the SCOL in the first six months of my service as associate dean, each of which reflects the principles in action.

Suggested Citation

Smith, Catherine E., Seven Principles: Increasing Access to Law School Among Students of Color (2011). Iowa Law Review, Vol. 96, p. 1677, 2011; U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1881755

Catherine E. Smith (Contact Author)

University of Denver Sturm College of Law ( email )

2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
United States

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