African-American Law School Enrollments Reach an All-Time High

In the 2008-09 academic year there were 9,822 black students attending the 197 U.S. law schools accredited by the American Bar Association. This is the largest number of African Americans ever enrolled in U.S. law schools.

Total black law school enrollments in law schools increased by 3.5 percent from the 2007-08 academic year. Blacks now make up 6.5 percent of all law school enrollments. This is up from 6.3 percent a year earlier. But blacks are still shy of their all-time high in their percentage of all law school students. In the year 2000 blacks were 7.1 percent of all law school enrollments.