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Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

There is a notable lack of diversity in the legal profession.  At law schools, student racial diversity is approximately 31%. Minority lawyers make up less than 17% of the profession, according to the National Association of Law Placement. Only nine percent of law partners—those at the top—are people of color. This gap should concern all of us. Across the United States, there is an increased focus on diversity in the student body of higher education institutions. I believe we can begin to make progress by taking a closer look at law school leadership.

Law schools are not just places where future attorneys learn the ins and outs of the law. They are proven training grounds for future leaders in politics, government and corporations, producing about 40% of Members of Congress, 26 of our 45 presidents, and 10% of CEOs at top companies. Diversity in law schools can help ensure diversity at the top levels of society, and diversity in law leadership will help us get there.

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