Only Half of the Law Schools at HBCUs Have a Majority of Blacks in Their Student Bodies

scales_of_justiceThere are six law schools in the United States that are affiliated with historically Black universities. Of the six, only three have a student body where Blacks are a majority. At the law school at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Blacks make up 83.3 percent of all students, according to the latest data compiled by the American Bar Association. At the law schools at North Carolina Central University in Durham and Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Blacks are slightly more than 50 percent of all students. At the law schools at Florida A&M University, Texas Southern University, and the University of the District of Columbia, the percent of Black students is below 50 percent.

Among the law schools at historically Black universities, the most selective is the University of the District of Columbia. Its latest acceptance rate was 30.1 percent of all applicants. At Southern University, two thirds of all applicants were accepted for admission.

More than 73 percent of the graduates of the law school at Florida A&M passed the bar examination on their first attempt, the highest rate among the law schools at historically Black universities. The lowest bar passage rate was at Southern University, where 46.6 percent of graduates passed the examination the first time they took the test. At Howard, North Carolina Central, and Texas Southern, approximately two thirds of all graduates passed the bar on their first attempt.


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