THE PROBLEM

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For decades, members of the legal profession have decried its lack of diversity.  Yet, only modest gains in national minority enrollment in law schools have been achieved over the past ten years.  In 2012, only 25 percent of law students and 12 percent of attorneys were people of color, compared with 37 percent of the U.S. population. 

Scholars have blamed the problem on a host of issues.  Many believe that disparities in K-12 education, reliance on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and lack access to friends and family who are attorneys are primary reasons for the lack of diversity in law schools.

The vast majority of American law students come from relatively elite backgrounds; this is especially true at the most prestigious law schools, where only five percent of law students come from families whose socioeconomic status is in the bottom half of the national distribution. Students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and who are the first in their families to graduate high school and college, similarly face obstacles in accessing the legal profession. 

THE SOLUTION

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LAW SCHOOL…Yes We Can will expand the pipeline to law school for diverse applicants by matching Fellows with Mentors who guide Fellows through college with the goal of helping them receive admission to the law school of their choice.  Through exposure programs, LAW SCHOOL…Yes We Can demystifies the law school application process and gives Fellows access to the legal profession.  We provide valuable skill-building workshops and other opportunities to prepare Fellows for success in college, law school, and beyond.  Simultaneously, we build a community around Fellows that is committed to their success.

“Drilling Colorado’s own Pipeline To Diversity in Law” 
By Lorenzo A. Trujillo.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

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LAW SCHOOL…Yes We Can is always looking for Mentors dedicated to helping students traverse college and the law school application process.  If you are interested in being a Mentor, click here.

LAW SCHOOL…Yes We Can is also looking for admissions specialists, professors, educators, and other professionals who are willing to lend their expertise as workshop leaders.  If you have knowledge in a subject matter or skill set that would benefit our Fellows, please contact us.