Amplifying Diverse Voices: Strategies for Promoting Inclusion in the Law School Classroom

The Second Draft: The Legal Writing Institute, 31(2), Fall 2018.

5 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2020 Last revised: 25 Jun 2020

Date Written: September 1, 2018

Abstract

American law schools lack diversity and adequate representation of minorities and underrepresented groups, both in their student body and faculty. This lack of representation often creates disconnects in the learning environment which may negatively impact minority students’ sense of belonging and willingness to engage in class. When classroom discussions lack these critical voices and perspectives, the result is a slanted and incomplete understanding of the law and its societal context. This article shares three strategies law professors can implement in their classrooms to actively promote inclusion, and amplify the experiences and voices of their students, especially women, students of color, and introverts.

Keywords: legal writing, legal education, law school, diversity, inclusion, amplification

Suggested Citation

Atkins, Tiffany, Amplifying Diverse Voices: Strategies for Promoting Inclusion in the Law School Classroom (September 1, 2018). The Second Draft: The Legal Writing Institute, 31(2), Fall 2018. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3469793

Tiffany Atkins (Contact Author)

Elon University School of Law ( email )

201 N. Greene Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
United States

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