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Top 10 Whitest Law Schools

The 2004 Whitest Law Schools Report
The Top Ten Whitest Law Schools in the United States
School State Total Whiteness in Law School
1 University of Montana  MT 95.6
2 University of Maine  ME 95.3
3 Samford University (Cumberland) AL 94.7
4 University of Idaho  ID 93.7
5 Duquesne University PA 93.4
6 University of South Carolina  SC 93.0
7 Northern Kentucky University (Chase) KY 92.9
8 University of Kentucky  KY 92.7
9 Marquette University WI 92.6
10 University of Richmond  VA 92.4

 Discussion
  • This year all the Top 10  Whitest Law Schools  are over 90% white.  In fact, half of the Top Ten Whitest Law Schools are over 93.2% white. If you consider these schools to be national schools (recruiting and admitting students from all over the United States), than they all are well over the 68.1% white LSAC application pool.

  • While it  might be expected that many of the Top 10 Whitest Law Schools  would be from states or regions that had very few minorities (such as University of Maine),  in fact, half the Top 10 Whitest Law Schools are in the south which has a significant minority population.
  • Only Maine (-.59%) has fewer whites in the school than in its state law school age population (ages 21 to 39). However, since all schools assert that they are national or regional schools, Maine was left on the Top Ten list because the New England Region has  83.93% whites between 21-39 years old . Thus, Maine has 10% more white students than white population 21-39 years old in the New England Region.

  • Excess whiteness is striking in three Top Ten Whitest Law Schools: The University of Alabama, University of Richmond and University of South Carolina. In each of these schools, the schools have over 25% more white law students than white population 21 to 39 years old in the state. (See Below)
  • Six of the Top Ten Whitest Law Schools are public schools. All the schools except Maine are over-serving their white population.  South Carolina has the highest excess total whiteness, with 28.67% more white law students than white population 21-39 years old  in the state. Significant excess whiteness in law school raises questions about how well these tax support schools are meeting their obligation to all the citizens of their respective state. (See Below)

  • Most Top Ten Whitest Law Schools are 3rd tier schools; that is there are no 1st tier school and only one 4th tier school.
  • Kentucky is the only state to have two law schools in the Top 10 Whitest Law Schools.

Descriptive Statistics

Mean

 

93.630

Median

 

93.200

Minimum

 

92.4

Maximum

 

95.6

Region

Frequency

Percent

New England

2

20.0

Southeast

2

20.0

Midsouth

3

30.0

Great Lakes

1

10.0

Mountain West

2

20.0

Total

10

100.0

US News & World Report Tier**

Frequency

Percent

      1st Tier (USNews)

0

 

2nd Tier (USNews)

4

40.0

3rd Tier (USNews)

5

50.0

4th Tier (USNews)

1

10.0

Total

10

100.0

Excess Whiteness in Public Law Schools Among the Top Ten

State Total population 21-39 years old Total population 21-39 yrs :White alone %population White Whiteness in Law school Excess Whiteness in Law Schools
Idaho 338472 288961 85.37 95.60 10.23
Kentucky 1112203 977899 87.92 92.80 4.88
Maine 316092 303115 95.89 95.30 -0.59
Montana 215349 190076 88.26 95.60 7.34
South Carolina 1095000 704392 64.33 93.00 28.67

Based on Tables P1: Total Population and P6 Not Hispanic and Latino, U.S. Census, http://www.census.gov/, Last Visited: March 19, 2004.

 

Excess Whiteness in Top Ten Whitest Law School

  Total population 21-39 years old Total population 21-39 yrs :White alone %population White Whiteness in Law school Excess Whiteness in Law Schools
Alabama 1183566 809772 68.42 94.7 26.28
Idaho 338472 288961 85.37 93.7 8.33
Kentucky 1112203 977899 87.92 92.8 4.88
Maine 316092 303115 95.89 95.3 -0.59
Montana 215349 190076 88.26 95.6 7.34
Pennsylvania 3089778 2515545 81.42 93.4 11.98
South Carolina 1095000 704392 64.33 93 28.67
Virginia 2026803 1352784 66.74 92.4 25.66
Wisconsin 1418166 1208371 85.21 92.6 7.39

Based on Tables P1: Total Population and P6 Not Hispanic and Latino, U.S. Census, http://www.census.gov/, Last Visited: March 19, 2004.

**The tier system is based on  2004 US News & World Report ranking. (back)

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