The Changing Social Role of Urban Law Schools

39 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2006  

Joyce S. Sterling

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Ronit Dinovitzer

University of Toronto; American Bar Foundation

Bryant Garth

University of California-Irvine; American Bar Foundation

Abstract

This article, based on the first wave of the After the J.D. data, explores the history of urban law schools and asks whether they play the same role today as in the past. In particular, it asks whether the urban, Catholic, and independent categories of law schools located in major urban centers play a distinctive role today or whether law school ratings are more important in allocating students to particular schools and determining what role they will play in the legal profession. The analysis shows some continuities but also some interesting changes - for example, in terms of where immigrants are likely to attend law school and also the current significance of the social networking and location of urban schools today.

Keywords: law schools, lawyers, law students

Suggested Citation

Sterling, Joyce S. and Dinovitzer, Ronit and Garth, Bryant, The Changing Social Role of Urban Law Schools. Southwestern University Law Review, Forthcoming; U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=948540

Joyce S. Sterling

University of Denver Sturm College of Law ( email )

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Ronit Dinovitzer

University of Toronto ( email )

Department of Sociology
Toronto, Ontario
Canada

American Bar Foundation ( email )

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Bryant Garth (Contact Author)

University of California-Irvine ( email )

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American Bar Foundation ( email )

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