2005 The Whitest Law School Report
and Other Law School Rankings Related
to Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Law School
Professor Vernellia Randall

Chapter 3: The Top Ten
Chapter 3: The Top Ten Whitest Law Schools Based on Total Percent of White Students
 

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(Based on 2004 ABA/LSAC Information)

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Schools

Campbell (NC)
Duquesne (PA)
Kentucky
Maine
Marquette (WI)
Montana
Quinnipac (CT)
Samford (AL)
South Carolina
South Dakota

   
   

  

  

 
 
Rank School State Whiteness
1 University of Montana MT 96.3
2 Samford University AL 96.4
3 Campbell University NC 94.4
4 Duquesne University PA 94.30
5 Quinnipac University CT 92.60
5 University of South Carolina SC 92.60
7 University of South Dakota SD 92.20
8 University of Maine ME 92.10
8 Marquette University WI 92.10
10 University of Kentucky KY 92.00
 

All of the 2005 Top 10 Whitest Law Schools are over 90% white.  In 2003, the percentage of applications to LSAC that were from white students was only 67.6%.  If you consider these to be national schools,  then they are all over 30 percentage points in excess whiteness.

On the list for the first time are: Campbell University, North Carolina; Quinnipiac University, Connecticut; and University of South Dakota.  No longer on the list are: University of Idaho, Northern Kentucky University (Chase), and University of Richmond.  The mean whiteness (93.3), the median whiteness (92.6), and the minimum whiteness (92.0) were all slightly lower than the 2004 Report, while the maximum whiteness (96.3) was slightly higher.  These were very minor changes. (Table)

Private versus Public. Five of the 2005 Top Ten Whitest Law Schools are public schools: Kentucky, Maine, Montana, South Carolina and South Dakota.  All but four of those public schools were significantly over-serving the white population of their state. (Table) 

Rank. 70% of the 2005 Top Ten Whitest Law Schools were  placed in the 3rd or 4th US News Tier. This is particularly troubling since given the on average lower LSAT of minorities, one would expect more minorities to be in the 3rd or 4th tier schools.(Table

Excess Whiteness Based on Regional LSAC Applications.  The schools were from 7 of ten ABA regions: Great Lakes, Midsouth (2), Midwest, Mountain West, New England (2), Northeast, and Southeast (2).  The disparity between law school whiteness significantly increased when compared to LSAC applications from the region.  Every school, including University of Maine (12.76) and University of Montana (16.34), had significant excess whiteness.  Five schools had excess whiteness over 20 points, and two schools (Samford University and University South Carolina) had excess regional whiteness that approached 40 percentage points. (Table)

Excess Whiteness based on State LSAC Application Pool. The schools were from the following states: Alabama, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wisconsin. It might be expected that many of the Top 10 Whitest Law Schools would be from states that had very few minorities applications, such as University of Maine, whose whiteness applications was 91.91; however, the whiteness in all schools exceeded the whiteness in its state application pool. The schools with the highest excess whiteness were Campbell University in North Carolina (25.34), Samford Unveristy in Alabama (19.44) and Quinnipiac University in Connecticut (16.08). Even University of Montana has a significant excess whiteness (7.26). (Table)



Changes in Whiteness between 2004 and 2005

 

2005

2004

Difference

 Mean

 93.3

93.6

-0.3

 Median

 92.6

93.2

-0.6

 Minimum

 92.0

92.4

-0.4

 Maximum

 96.3

95.6

0.7

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Basic Information

Rank

School

State

Whiteness

Status

US News Tier

3

Campbell University

NC

94.4

Private

4

4

Duquesne University

PA

94.3

Private

3

8

Marquette University

WI

92.1

Private

2

5

Quinnipiac University

CT

92.6

Private

4

2

Samford University (Cumberland)

AL

94.6

Private

3

10

University of Kentucky

KY

92

Public

1

8

University of Maine

ME

92.1

Public

4

1

University of Montana

MT

96.3

Public

3

5

University of South Carolina

SC

92.6

Public

2

7

University of South Dakota

SD

92.2

Public

3

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Excess Whiteness Based on State LSAC Application Pool

Rank

School

State

Whiteness

State LSAC Apps

Excess Whiteness

3

Campbell University

NC

94.4

69.06

25.34

2

Samford University (Cumberland)

AL

94.6

75.16

19.44

5

Quinnipiac University

CT

92.6

76.52

16.08

5

University of South Carolina

SC

92.6

76.6

16

4

Duquesne University

PA

94.3

81.7

12.6

8

Marquette University

WI

92.1

83.54

8.56

1

University of Montana

MT

96.3

89.04

7.26

10

University of Kentucky

KY

92

88.31

3.69

7

University of South Dakota

SC

92.2

89.77

2.43

8

University of Maine

ME

92.1

91.91

0.19

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Excess Whiteness Based on Regional LSAC Application Pool
Rank School Region Total Whiteness Regional LSAC Apps Excess
 
2 Samford University (Cumberland) Southeast 94.6 56.83 37.77
5 University of South Carolina Southeast 92.1 56.83 35.77
4 Duquesne University Northeast 92.6 68.87 25.43
3 Campbell University Midsouth 92.6 69.46 24.94
10 University of Kentucky Midsouth 92.1 69.46 22.54
1 University of Montana Mountain West 94.4 79.96 16.34
8 Marquette University Great Lakes 92.2 76.62 15.48
5 Quinnipiac University New England 94.3 79.34 13.26
8 University of Maine New England 92 79.34 12.76
7 University of South Dakota Midwest 96.3 85.08 7.12

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