Camille deJorna is deputy for legal and global higher education at the Law School Admission Council. Prior to her current position, deJorna was associate deputy managing director of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar at the American Bar Association, where she focused primarily on law school accreditation activities. In this role, she managed the law school site-visit process, including the recruiting, assigning, and training of over 200 volunteers per year. She also managed the reviews of foreign programs offered by ABA-approved law schools and the non-JD and LLM programs. Prior to her work at the ABA, she oversaw admission and student affairs offices at Columbia University School of Law, Hofstra University—Maurice A. Deane School of Law, and the University of Iowa College of Law. deJorna has spoken nationally and internationally on the subject of diversity and inclusion. She was awarded the 2017 Legacy in the Law Award by the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago at its National Summit for Black Women Lawyers. She has served as a member of LSAC’s Board of Trustees and as chair of its Minority Affairs (now Diversity) Committee, during which time she developed the Sophomore Institute pipeline program model, now known as the Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program. deJorna earned her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her JD from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar.
LSAC and the Minority Network recently hosted a webinar, which I moderated, aimed at offering updates, strategies, and coping techniques for addressing diversity issues during the COVID-19 crisis.
In this time of hardship, if you are thinking about the law as your future profession, I ask you to renew your commitment to the importance of your role as future lawyers in upholding the rule of law. You are needed now more than ever.
Being the first person in your family to attend law school—in other words, a “first-gen” student—comes with a unique set of challenges. Here, Camille deJorna shares her thoughts about first-gen students and LSAC’s work expanding access and equity in education.