Journal Cites Gains in Black Enrollment in Law School

Washington and Lee’s School of Law is one of nine law schools in the nation to have reported an increase of 20 percent or more in the enrollment of black students over the past eight years, according to a report in The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. The study shows that W&L’s 28.6 percent increase contrasts with declines at a majority of top-ranked law schools. The report looked at enrollment change between 1999 and 2007. The University of Texas showed that greatest percentage increase of 79 percent while the University of Illinois saw the steepest decline of 47 percent.

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