Book Review of Dorothy H. Evensen's and Carla D. Pratt's 'The End of the Pipeline'
Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 62, No. 4, p. 640, 2013
8 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2013 Last revised: 9 Oct 2013
Date Written: July 6, 2013
Most authors facing the daunting challenge of publishing a book focus solely on making a valuable contribution to their field. With "The End of the Pipeline: A Journey of Recognition for African Americans Entering the Legal Profession," Dorothy H. Evensen and Carla D. Pratt not only offer a substantial addition to the literature in multiple fields, but do so using an innovative format. The book reports on findings of an empirical study of African Americans who traveled a precarious pathway to legal practice. Substantively, the book continues academic conversations involving students of color in higher education, the trajectory of young black professionals, the benefits of mentoring, and the importance of pipeline programs. Thus, the project's wide audience includes scholars and administrators working in law, education, sociology, psychology, and related fields. The unique format of the book provides an especially dynamic innovation. The authors begin with a presentation of their findings, then masterfully weave their findings with Critical Race Theory, and finally incorporate short essay responses to the study from various experts in related fields who reflect on the principal study while drawing on their own experience and scholarship.
Keywords: legal education, legal profession, African Americans, civil rights, black professionals, Critical Race Study
JEL Classification: K19, K39
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