ERIC Number: ED237304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Pluralism in the Legal Profession: Models for Minority Access.
Brown, Susan E.; Vasquez, Hector G.
Eight papers on models for minority access to the legal profession cover outstanding programs which facilitate access to and success in higher education, concentrating on recruitment, retention, and bar passage. Susan Brown's introduction presents statistics on yearly minority enrollment in legal studies through 1981 and discusses policy perspectives. Brown's discussion of the New Mexico Supreme Court's 1980 Melendez v. Burciaga hearing on New Mexico's bar examination covers issues, proposals, and revisions instituted in the examination. Brown's third paper notes relevance for the legal profession of the simulated Medical College Admissions Test, developed to identify deficiencies in knowledge and skills so these may be remedied before students enter professional school. Angel Lopez describes the history and accomplishments of the Oregon State Bar's affirmative action program since 1973. The Professional Development Program at the University of California, Berkeley, is discuseed by Hector Vasquez as a model for law school retention programs. Celestino Fernandez summarizes information obtained through a questionnaire to all 171 American Bar Association-approved United States law schools. Hector Vasquez discusses the implications of several recent legal decisions for law school admissions criteria. Finally, Claire Levay and Marlene Copeland list 66 possible sources of financial aid for minority law students. (MH)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admission Criteria, Affirmative Action, American Indians, Black Students, College Admission, College Entrance Examinations, Competitive Selection, Court Litigation, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Law Schools, Law Students, Legal Education, Mexican Americans, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Professional Education, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, Student Financial Aid
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 28 Geary St., 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: Bar Examinations; Mexican American Legal Defense Educational Fund