Diversity in Law

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted higher education in an unprecedented way, and one aspect of that disruption is that LGBTQIA+ law students, who already face unique challenges on their path to a career in law, are now finding it harder to connect with other members of their community. How can we reimagine the idea of “community” during this time of upheaval and health concerns? 
On a recent installment of the Law School Admission Council’s Justice Hour, a series of webinars focusing on advancing equity and inclusion in the legal profession, we were honored to host Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Dean Chemerinsky — a national expert on issues of constitutional law, federal practice, appellate litigation, civil rights and civil liberties, and criminal procedure — joined us to discuss two recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court that affect legal education and important aspects of Americans’ lives.
The killing of George Floyd affected me strongly in two distinct ways: it conjured up traumatic memories of the many experiences I had as a black man growing up in the United States and it inspired me to reflect on my commitment to legal justice, my interest in legal education, and my work with the Law School Admission Council.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of what we do at the Law School Admission Council. Through our partnerships with our member law schools, we’re striving to give students from all walks of life a chance to make the dream of a law career a reality — and, in turn, create a legal system that reflects the society it serves.