Understanding and Interpreting Law School Enrollment Data

18 Pages Posted: 14 May 2021

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Elizabeth Bodamer

Law School Admission Council

Kimberly Dustman

Law School Admission Council

Debra Langer

Law School Admission Council

Mark Walzer

Law School Admission Council

Gregory Camilli

Law School Admission Council

Ann Gallagher

Law School Admission Council

Date Written: October 15, 2020

Abstract

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has a long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in legal education and in the legal profession. In line with its mission to promote quality, access, and equity in legal education, LSAC is providing a report, Understanding and Interpreting Law School Enrollment Data: A Focus on Race and Ethnicity, to help law schools, admission professionals, and other legal education stakeholders understand how we are measuring who is in the pipeline. The purpose of the report is to inform conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in law school and recruitment efforts. The report outlines the history of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) data reporting standards, how these differ from LSAC data collection and reporting practices, and the social and cultural implications of different race and ethnicity data collection and reporting methods. The report includes examples of how the different methods affect conclusions that can be drawn from analyses of subgroup trends over time.

Keywords: Law School, Diversity, Law School Enrollment

Suggested Citation

Bodamer, Elizabeth and Dustman, Kimberly and Langer, Debra and Walzer, Mark and Camilli, Gregory and Gallagher, Ann, Understanding and Interpreting Law School Enrollment Data (October 15, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3845013 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3845013

Elizabeth Bodamer

Law School Admission Council

662 Penn Street
Newtown, PA 18940-0040
United States

Kimberly Dustman

Law School Admission Council

662 Penn Street
Newtown, PA 18940-0040
United States

Debra Langer

Law School Admission Council

662 Penn Street
Newtown, PA 18940-0040
United States

Mark Walzer

Law School Admission Council

662 Penn Street
Newtown, PA 18940-0040
United States

Gregory Camilli

Law School Admission Council

662 Penn Street
Newtown, PA 18940-0040
United States

Ann Gallagher (Contact Author)

Law School Admission Council ( email )

662 Penn Street
Newtown, PA 18940-0040
United States

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