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

Chapter 5: The Whitest Regional Law Schools
Chapter 5: The Whitest Regional Law Schools Based on Regional L.S.A.C. Applications
 

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(Based on 2004 ABA/LSAC Information)

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Background Info
Rankings
Alphabetical Listing


Regions

Great Lakes
Mid-South
Mid-West
Mountain West
New England
Northeast
Pacific West
South Central
South East


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

Excess Regional Whiteness is the percentage of whites in a school that exceed the availability of the percentage of whites in the regional application pool.  Of the nine regions, the Pacific West had the lowest percentage of whites in the application pool (54.4%) and New England had the highest (79.3%). The excess whiteness ration for the region is calculated by subtracting the Regional Whiteness from a School’s Total Whiteness, dividing the difference by the regional whiteness, and then multiplying the total by 100.

The Ten Law  Schools
Excess Regional Whiteness
Regional LSAC Applications, Percentage

 

Rank

School

           

State

Region

Excess State Whiteness Percentage

1

Samford University (Cumberland)

Alabama

Southeast

66.5

2

University of South Carolina

South Carolina

Southeast

63.0

3

Willamette University

Oregon

Pacific West

60.9

4

University of Alabama

Alabama

Southeast

60.7

5

Mississippi College

Mississippi

Southeast

58.3

6

Gonzaga University

Washington

Pacific West

57.6

7

University of Mississippi

Mississippi

Southeast

57.2

8

University of Oregon

Oregon

Pacific West

56.3

9

Mercer University

Georgia

Southeast

54.4

10

Pepperdine University

California

Pacific West

49.4

Reading the Table: The Whiteness in Samford University (Cumberland) exceeded the Whiteness in LSAC applications from the Southeast by 66.5%.

 

            Region. Of the 177 HWLS, the average (mean) difference between each school’s whiteness and the whiteness in the region was 17.40%.  The Midwest had the lowest mean (2.38), and the Southeast had the highest (42.2%).  Half of the schools (median) are above 15 % of the available application in the regions; the Midwest region again had the lowest median (3.76%), and the Southeast had the highest (43.49).  In the Southeast, half of the schools had excess whiteness that exceeded 43.49% of the application pool in their region.  The school with the lowest excess whiteness was the University of New Mexico from the Mountain West Region(-18.60); the school with the highest was Samford University (Cumberland) from the Southeast Region (66.5%).  Excess Whiteness Percentage varied significantly within region.  In the Southeast region, St. Thomas had a negative excess whiteness (-3.9), making a total range of 70.4 percentage points in the Southeast .

The regional difference in excess whiteness percentage is statistically significant (p=.000); the probability that the difference occurred by chance alone is less than .0%

Schools with the Highest/Lowest Excess Regional Whiteness Percentage
by Region

Region

School

State

Excess Whiteness

Percentage

Great Lakes

Marquette University

Wisconsin

20.2

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Michigan

-12.7

Midsouth

Campbell University

North Carolina

35.8

George Washington University

DC

-0.7

Midwest

University of South Dakota

South Dakota

8.3

Washington University in St. Louis

Missouri

-8.0

Mountain West

University of Montana

Montana

21.6

University of New Mexico

New Mexico

-18.6

New England

Quinnipiac University

Connecticut

16.8

Yale University

Connecticut

-15.1

Northeast

Duquesne University

Pennsylvania

36.9

CUNY-Queens College

New York

-17.6

Pacific West

Willamette University

Oregon

60.9

Whittier Law School

California

4.6

South Central

Baylor University

Texas

38.3

St. Mary's University

Texas

3.9

Southeast

Samford University (Cumberland)

Alabama

66.5

St. Thomas University

Florida

-3.9

 

            US NEWS Tier.   The 1st tier Law School (11.5) had the lowest mean, and the 3rd tier Law schools (21.6%) had the highest.  In terms of median, the 1st tier also had the lowest (8.2%) while the 3rd  tier schools also had the highest (17.6%).  In the 3rd tier law HWLS, half of the schools had whiteness that exceeded 17.6% of the application pool in their region.  Of the 1st tier schools, University of Alabama  had the most excess regional whiteness (60.7%) while Yale University  the least (-15.1%).  Among the 3rd tier HWLS, Samford University (Cumberland) had the most excess regional whiteness (66.5%) while Washburn University the least (1.4%).

The regional excess whiteness difference among US NEWS tiers is statistically significant (p=.07); the probability that the difference occurred by chance alone is less than 7 %.

Excess Whiteness Ratio, Regional LSAC Applications by US News Tier

US News Tier

 Minimum

 Maximum

 Mean

 Median

 1st Tier

 -15.1

 60.7

 11.5

 8.2

 2nd Tier

 -18.6

 63.0

 19.6

 16.5

 3rd Tier

 1.4

 66.5

 21.6

 17.6

 4th Tier

 -17.6

 58.3

 19.3

 16.1

 No US News Rank

 -3.9

 38.2

 16.7

 12.9

 Total

 -18.6

 66.5

 17.4

 15.0

 

 Sum of Squares

 df

 Mean Square

 F

 Sig.

 

  ANOVA

 2670.192

 4

 667.548

 2.189

 .072

 

             

Schools with the Highest/Lowest Excess Regional Whiteness Percentage by Tier

Tier

School

State

Excess Whiteness

1st Tier

University of Alabama

Alabama

60.7

Yale University

Connecticut

-15.1

2nd Tier

University of South Carolina

South Carolina

63.0

University of New Mexico

New Mexico

-18.6

3rd Tier

Samford University (Cumberland)

Alabama

66.5

Washburn University

Kansas

1.4

4th Tier

Mississippi College

Mississippi

58.3

CUNY-Queens College

New York

-17.6

No US News Rank

Barry University

Florida

38.2

St. Thomas University

Florida

 

 
 

Private-Public Law School Status.  There was little difference among private and public schools in excess regional percentages.  The private schools’ mean was 17.3 and public schools mean was 17.6.  There was some difference in median, with private schools having a 13.7 median and public schools having a 16.9% median.  However, the difference among private and public school was not statistically significant (p=.919); the probability that the difference occurred by chance alone is 91.9 %.

 

Status (Private-Public)

 Minimum

 Maximum

 Mean

 Median

 Private School

 -15.1

 66.5

 17.3

 13.7

 Public School

 -18.6

 63.0

 17.6

 16.9

 Total

 -18.6

 66.5

 17.4

 15.0

 

 Sum of Squares

 df

 Mean Square

 F

 Sig.

 

 

 3.286

 1

 3.286

 .010

 .919

 

                     

Schools with the Highest/Lowest Excess Regional Whiteness Percentage
by Private-Public Status

 

School

State

 

Private School

                       

Samford University (Cumberland)

Alabama

66.5

Yale University

Connecticut

-15.1

Public School

 

University of South Carolina

South Carolina

63.0

University of New Mexico

New Mexico

-18.6

 

Excess Whiteness Descriptive Statistics
Regional LSAC Applications * Region

Reading the Table. The whiteness in the Great Lakes region’s law schools on average (mean) exceeded the Whiteness in LSAC applications from the Great Lakes by 7.15%, and half of the schools (median) exceeded the regional application pool by 8.36%.

 

 

 Minimum

 Maximum

 Mean

 Median

 Great Lakes

 -12.70

 20.20

 7.15

 8.36

 Midsouth

 -0.70

 35.80

 20.17

 22.01

 Midwest

 -8.00

 8.30

 2.38

 3.76

 Mountain West

 -18.60

 21.60

 3.19

 5.43

 New England

 -15.10

 16.80

 3.61

 5.55

 Northeast

 -17.60

 36.90

 12.37

 13.72

 Pacific West

 4.60

 60.90

 31.22

 29.17

 South Central

 3.90

 38.30

 26.86

 26.14

 Southeast

 -3.90

 66.50

 42.20

 43.49

 Total

 -18.60

 66.50

 17.40

 15.05

 

 Sum of Squares

 df

 Mean Square

 F

 Sig.

  ANOVA

 28525.374

 8

 3565.672

 22.527

 .000

                   

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