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

Professor Vernellia R. Randall

Blacks in Law Schools
Chapter 7: Performing Well in Law School - The Isolation Factor

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(Based on 2004 ABA/LSAC Information)





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Isolation-Law Schools
Minorities and Isolation
Blacks in Law Schools
Asians in Law Schools
Indians in Law Schools
Latinos in Law Schools

Chapter 7: The Isolation Factor


The Isolation Factor
African Americans


The Most Isolating Law Schools. Schools were considered most isolating if they had less than or equal to half of the percentage of African Americans in the National LSAC application pool.  Ninety-six schools (52.1%) were found most isolating because they had less than or equal to 5.3% African Americans.  The Pacific West accounted for 21.9% of these schools; the Southeast had smallest number with only four schools.  Approximately 57.3% were private schools. The 2nd tier had the highest number of schools with 32.3%, while the 1st and 3rd tiers had 18 and 19 schools, respectively.

Top Ten Most Isolating
Rank School Number Percent
1 University of Montana 0.00 0.00
1 Inter-American University School of Law 0.00 0.00
1 Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico 0.00 0.00
1 University of Puerto Rico 0.00 0.00
5 Baylor University (Texas) 2.00 0.50
5 University of Utah (S.J. Quinney) 2.00 0.50
7 University of Idaho 2.00 0.60
8 University of South Dakota 2.00 0.80
8 University of Wyoming 2.00 0.80
11 Chapman University (California) 4.00 0.90

The Least Isolating Law Schools. Schools were considered least isolating if they had greater than or equal to the percentage of African Americans in the National LSAC Application pool. Seventeen schools (9.1%) were found least isolating because they had equal to or greater 10.6% African Americans.  Five were historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) two of which had less than 50% Black and one of which had 50% exactly.  This information raises an interestingly dilemma.  Since most law schools (52.1%) are under-serving African Americans and most HBCU are decreasing their education of blacks, who will be responsible for the training of black lawyers?  It is ironic that University of District of Columbia, an HBCU, is only 34% black.  Of the least isolating schools, the Mid-South accounted for eight schools (47.1%) while the Southeast with only one.  Approximately 64.7% were private schools. The 1st tier had the highest number of schools with 29.4% while the 2nd and 3rd tiers each had 2 schools.

Top Ten Least Isolating (excluding HBCU)
Rank School Number Percent
1 Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Michigan) 413.00 17.90
2 CUNY-Queens College (New York) 71.00 15.20
3 University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill 97.00 13.70
4 University of Baltimore (Maryland) 130.00 13.40
5 Vanderbilt University (Tennessee) 79.00 13.30
6 Rutgers State University–Newark (New Jersey) 100.00 12.80
7 University of Georgia 88.00 12.70
8 University of Maryland 100.00 11.60
8 University of Arkansas (Fayetteville ) 53.00 11.60
9 Loyola University-New Orleans (Louisana) 92.00 10.80
9 Washington and Lee University (Virginia) 42.00 10.80



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