C|M|LAW Named one of the Top Law Schools in the Midwest for Black Students

Posted 2019-04-29 2:11pm

Lawyers of Color has just published the third edition of the Black Student's Guide to Law Schools & Firms, which ranks the best law schools for black students and included Cleveland-Marshall College of Law as one of the best regional schools.

Cleveland-Marshall was named one of the four top law schools for the Midwest region. 

“Because studies have shown African Americans have different legal career trajectories than their peers, it is imperative they be equipped with information and tools that can help them succeed. We believe the law schools highlighted in the Guide ensure black students have a great career launch,” said Yolanda Young, president and executive director of Lawyers of Color.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has worked to strengthen its outreach to diverse students through initiatives like the Dean’s Diversity Council. The Council offers programming throughout the year, often in partnership with local law firms, to provide professional skills building and exposure to the legal industry that can help diverse students navigate and be successful in the legal employment market.

"We are honored to be named a best regional law school for black students," said Cleveland-Marshall Dean Lee Fisher. “Our commitment to fostering success in a diverse student body has been a hallmark of our law school for more than 120 years, and we continue that commitment today.”

Law schools were evaluated based on 10 criteria that included the school’s bar passage rate and the percentage of jobs law students received that required a JD. A bonus was calculated for law schools with black deans, of which there are a record 29. A quarter of law schools have over 10% black faculty.

The following criteria were considered:

  • JD Required
  • Bar Passage
  • Black JDs Awarded
  • Big Law Hires
  • Federal Clerkships
  • Tuition
  • Selectivity
  • Legal Market
  • Area Black Population
  • Black Faculty
  • Black Dean (Bonus)
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