Race, Racism and the Law
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Ranking (All Law Schools)

The 2004 Whitest Law Schools Report
The Top Ten Whitest Law Schools in the United States
Prologue:
I grew up in Texas during Jim Crow.  During that time going on long distance road trips had a distinct flavor for Blacks and I remember it vividly - the packing enough food for the entire trip (no restaurants), the using the bathroom on the side of the road (no gas station bathrooms), the sleeping in the car on the side of the road (no motels). But my most vivid memory of my road trips in Texas was the sign I read every time we went through Greenville, Texas -
The Blackest Land,
The Whitest People
In many ways institutional discrimination in law schools is really about  maintaining the legal profession as "The Whitest Profession". 

Professor Vernellia Randall

Note: Whiteness is defined as caucasian plus unknown.

 

Note: Rank is based on the total % of whiteness. Percent of whiteness was calculated by adding % of caucasian to % of unknowns. The lower the rank number (such as 1), the higher the percentage of whiteness. Remember, that total whiteness in the National LSAC Applications was 68.1%.

Rank
School 
(
Blue=Not Historically White Law School)
State
%Whiteness
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
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
11 Campbell University NC 92.3
11 University of Toledo  OH 92.3
13 University of Wyoming  WY 91.7
14 University of Nebraska–Lincoln   NE 91.6
14 Widener University DE 91.6
16 Ohio Northern University  OH 91.5
17 University of Louisville (Brandeis)   KY 91.4
18 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale  IL 91.2
19 University of Alabama  AL 91.1
20 West Virginia University  WV 91
21 Drake University IA 90.6
22 University of Akron OH 90.4
22 University of Mississippi  MS 90.4
24 Mississippi College  MS 90.3
25 Suffolk University MA 90.2
26 Quinnipiac University CT 90.1
27 University of Pittsburgh  PA 89.9
28 Wake Forest University NC 89.7
29 University of Missouri (Columbia)   MO 89.6
29 University of Utah (S.J. Quinney)   UT 89.6
31 Penn State University (Dickinson School of Law) PA 89.4
32 Willamette University OR 89.3
33 Appalachian School of Law VA 89.1
34 Saint Louis University  MO 88.6
34 University of Missouri (Kansas City)   MO 88.6
34 Valparaiso University IN 88.6
37 Creighton University NE 88.5
38 Roger Williams University RI 88.4
38 University of South Dakota  SD 88.4
40 Brigham Young University (J. Reuben Clark) UT 88.2
41 Capital University OH 88.1
42 Cleveland State University (Marshall) OH 88
43 Villanova University PA 87.9
44 Ave Maria School of Law MI 87.8
45 William Mitchell College of Law  MN 87.7
46 Baylor University TX 87.4
46 Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law TX 87.4
48 University of Arkansas (Little Rock)  (Bowen) AR 87.3
49 University of North Dakota  ND 87.2
50 Chicago-Kent Illinois Institute of Technology  IL 86.7
50 Mercer University GA 86.7
50 Vermont Law School  VT 86.7
50 Western New England College  MA 86.7
54 Hamline University MN 86.6
54 University of Oklahoma  OK 86.6
56 University of Memphis  TN 86.5
57 University of Oregon  OR 86.4
58 Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge  LA 86.3
59 Washburn University KS 85.8
60 Texas Tech University  TX 85.7
60 University of Tennessee (Knoxville)   TN 85.7
62 Gonzaga University WA 85.4
63 George Mason University VA 85.3
63 University of Kansas  KS 85.3
65 University of Connecticut  CT 85.1
65 University of Dayton  OH 85.1
67 Georgia State University  GA 84.5
68 Case Western Reserve University OH 84.2
68 University of Georgia  GA 84.2
70 Wayne State University MI 83.7
71 Indiana University–Indianapolis  IN 83.4
71 University of Virginia  VA 83.4
73 University of Iowa  IA 83.3
74 William and Mary Law School  VA 83.1
75 University at Buffalo NY 82.9
76 New England School of Law  MA 82.8
77 Stetson University FL 82.7
78 Pace University NY 82.4
79 Franklin Pierce Law Center  NH 82.3
80 Albany Law School-Union University NY 82.2
80 Michigan State University - Detroit College of Law  MI 82.2
80 Pepperdine University CA 82.2
83 Indiana University–Bloomington  IN 82
83 John Marshall Law School IL 82
83 Washington and Lee University  VA 82
86 University of Arkansas (Fayetteville )   AR 81.9
87 Regent University VA 81.8
87 University of Colorado (Boulder)   CO 81.8
87 University of Denver  CO 81.8
90 Loyola University Chicago  IL 81.6
90 University of Cincinnati  OH 81.6
92 Rutgers State University–Camden NJ 81.5
93 Temple University (Beasley)  PA 81.4
94 University of Tulsa  OK 81.3
95 University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)   MN 81.2
96 Ohio State University (Moritz) OH 81
97 University of Houston  TX 80.9
98 Florida Coastal School of Law  FL 80.8
99 Emory University GA 80.5
100 Lewis and Clark College (Northwestern) OR 80.3
100 University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill   NC 80.3
102 University of Nevada  NV 80.2
103 Notre Dame Law School  IN 80
104 Oklahoma City University  OK 79.8
105 Loyola University-New Orleans  LA 79.4
105 Thomas Jefferson School of Law CA 79.4
107 University of Baltimore  MD 79.3
108 University of Texas (Austin)  TX 79.1
109 Cardozo-Yeshiva University  NY 79
109 Washington University in St. Louis MO 79
111 New York Law School  NY 78.8
112 Texas Wesleyan University  TX 78.6
113 Seton Hall University NJ 78.2
113 University of the Pacific (McGeorge)  CA 78.2
115 Tulane University LA 78.1
116 Barry University FL 77.8
116 University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)   MI 77.8
118 Florida State University  FL 77.7
119 Seattle University  WA 77.6
120 Brooklyn Law School NY 77.5
120 St. John's University NY 77.5
122 Northern Illinois University  IL 77.4
123 Syracuse University NY 77.1
124 Catholic University of America  DC 77
124 University of Maryland  MD 77
126 Boston College  MA 76.2
127 DePaul University IL 76.1
128 Duke University NC 75.9
129 California Western School of Law  CA 75.7
129 South Texas College of Law  TX 75.7
131 University of Wisconsin (Madison)   WI 75.6
132 University of Washington  WA 75.4
133 Northeastern University MA 75.3
134 New York University  NY 75.1
134 University of Detroit Mercy  MI 75.1
136 Fordham University NY 74.9
136 Hofstra University NY 74.9
138 Touro College (Jacob D. Fuchsberg) NY 74.1
139 Vanderbilt University TN 74
140 Boston University  MA 73.9
141 Harvard University MA 73.6
142 Chapman University CA 73.4
142 University of Florida (Levin)  FL 73.4
144 University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)  IL 73.1
145 Georgetown University DC 72.9
145 University of Arizona (Rogers)  AZ 72.9
147 University of San Diego  CA 72.8
148 Cornell University NY 72.6
149 American University (Washington College of Law)  DC 71.3
149 University of California (Los Angeles)   CA 71.3
151 University of Pennsylvania  PA 71
152 University of San Francisco  CA 70.6
153 Golden Gate University CA 70.2
153 University of Chicago IL 70.2
155 Arizona State University  AZ 69.3
156 Northwestern University IL 68.3
157 George Washington University  DC 68.1
158 University of California (Hastings)   CA 67.2
159 University of Miami  FL 67.1
160 Yale University CT 66.9
161 Stanford University CA 66.6
162 University of California (Davis)   CA 65.7
163 University of California (Berkeley)   CA 65.2
163 University of New Mexico  NM 65.2
165 Nova Southeastern University FL 64.2
166 St. Mary's University TX 62.9
167 Rutgers State University–Newark NJ 62.8
168 Southwestern University School of Law CA 62.7
169 Thomas M. Cooley Law School  MI 62.3
170 Santa Clara University CA 60.9
171 Loyola Law School CA 60.8
172 Columbia University NY 60
173 CUNY-Queens College  NY 59.5
174 Whittier Law School CA 57.9
175 University of Southern California CA 57.3
176 Western State University CA 56.7
177 St. Thomas University FL 52.2
178 North Carolina Central University (HBLS) NC 50.7
179 University of District of Columbia PR 38.5
180 Southern University (HBLS) LA 35.5
181 University of Hawaii  HI 29.2
182 Texas Southern University (Thurgood Marshall)  (HBLS) TX 18.4
183 Howard University (HBLS) DC 5.8
184 Inter-American University School of Law PR 0
184 Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico PR 0
184 University of Puerto Rico PR 0

 

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Thanks to Derrick Bell and his pioneer work: 
Race, Racism and American Law
(1993).