Decline to State: Diversity Talk and the American Law Student

University of Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2009

47 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2012

Date Written: August 10, 2009

Abstract

This article explores contemporary developments in American race relations that encourage law students to "decline to state" their race in law school applications. The discussion also explores broader developments that have encouraged students to withdraw from law school discussions about diversity. The article analyzes arguments offered by students regarding their disengagement from discussions about race, offers pedagogical suggestions, and considers the potential repercussions if large numbers of law students become inarticulate and reluctant to discuss racial dynamics in the United States.

Keywords: diversity, race, teaching

Suggested Citation

Rich, Camille Gear, Decline to State: Diversity Talk and the American Law Student (August 10, 2009). University of Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2001067

Camille Gear Rich (Contact Author)

USC Gould School of Law ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States
213-740-9043 (Phone)

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