Why Your Law Firm or Legal Department Needs Diversity

In Grutter v. Bollinger, the Supreme Court wrote that diverse law school classes are necessary because “the skills needed in today’s increasingly global marketplace can only be developed through exposure to widely diverse people, cultures, ideas, and viewpoints.”  But the pursuit of diversity is not just relevant to law schools.  Law firms and legal departments […]

How Families Can Support Black Law Students During the Bar Exam

You’ve supported him through three hard years of studying during law school.  Now, after watching him walk across that stage in a cap and gown, degree in hand, you want to breathe a grateful sigh of relief.  But you might want to hold that breath.  While graduating law school is a major milestone that should […]

How Black Law Students Can Pass the Bar Exam the FIRST time

  Every new law graduate has one goal – passing the bar exam.  As noted in an earlier post, African-American bar takers struggle to succeed on the bar for reasons wholly unconnected to their intellectual abilities.  If these risk factors are eliminated, Black law students can pass the bar the first time. Below is a […]

Factors Affecting Bar Passage Among Law Students: The REAL Connection between Race and Bar Passage

      Among lawyers, perhaps no test is debated as often as the bar examination.  Race is a large part of the debate, as Black law grads are more likely to struggle on the bar exam than their white counterparts.  “Learned” professors have killed many forests in their repeated attempts to argue that law […]

Where are the Black Lawyers?

There are many well-known Black lawyers.  Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker are just a few.   But these success stories hide a sobering fact: the number of Black lawyers is quite small.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017, there were just over 1.1 million attorneys in America.  Of these, […]

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