High-Ranked Law Schools With Large Gains in Black Enrollments Over the Past Decade

Over the past decade the black percentage of all law school students has declined from 7 percent in 1997 to 6.2 percent today. At the nation’s 30 highest-ranked law schools, the majority have shown a decline in black enrollments. Twelve law schools have shown an increase in black enrollments over the past decade while 18 law schools have posted a decline in black enrollments.

The biggest success story has been at the Notre Dame Law School. Today there are 30 black students enrolled at the school, more than double the number in 1997. In 1997 blacks were 2.7 percent of the total enrollments. In 2006 the figure is 5.6 percent.

New York University Law School has also posted strong gains over the past decade. In 1997 there were 74 black students at the NYU law school. A decade later there were 122 black students, a gain of nearly 65 percent.

The law schools at Washington and Lee University and Duke University are the only other high-ranking schools to post black enrollment gains exceeding 15 percent over the past decade.