U.S. News and World Report ranks Whittier Law School as most diverse law school in California


Whittier Law School’s student body is the most diverse in California.

In the latest 2015 U.S. News and World Report rankings, Whittier Law School ranks as the most diverse law school in California, and is tied for the third most diverse law school in the nation. In addition, Whittier Law School was named the 5th Best Environment for Minority Students by Princeton Review.

This year, Whittier Law School has the highest diversity rate in 14 years. The incoming class is composed of 52% students of color, not including students who declined to state their ethnicity. The Whittier Law School entering class profile includes 116 students of color out of a total of 221 students. There are 10 student clubs on campus dedicated to all types of diversity.

“Diversity is at the heart of our school,” says Martin Pritikin, Acting Dean of Whittier Law School. “It’s in the very first sentence of our mission statement: ‘We are a diverse community that prepares students to excel in the practice of law.’ We are committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.”

In order to attract a diverse student body, Whittier Law School works with discoverlaw.org, a campaign from the Law School Admission Council to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to explore opportunities in law. The school also hosts a regional event for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) called “Achieving Success in the Law School Application Process.” Race is one of many factors considered when applicants apply for admittance to Whittier Law School.

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