Minority law students are disproportionately enrolled at law schools that offer fewer scholarships, have lower bar pass rates, and send fewer graduates into legal jobs.
That’s according to a new report from AccessLex Institute—a nonprofit that advocates for affordable legal education—that used data from the National Student Clearinghouse and the American Bar Association to examine the educational pathways taken by the students who went to law school during the 2017-18 academic year. It found that minority students are more likely than their white counterparts to take at least two years off between college and law school; are more likely to withdraw during their first year of law school; and are more likely to attend law schools with fewer financial resources.
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