ERIC Number: ED478600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Report on Recruiting and Retaining Under-Represented Students in Texas Public Law Schools: Addendum to "Projecting the Need for Legal Education in Texas, October 2002."
Texas State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
This report, an addendum to "Projecting the Need for Legal Education in Texas," adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2002, assesses different strategies to enhance the number of students from under-represented groups in Texas public law schools. The report is based on two literature reviews and a survey of efforts to increase the number of minority group students at the state's four public law schools. Findings of both the reviews and the survey show that Texas public law schools use retention and recruitment programs that are similar to those of other states' law schools. Texas institutions use a variety of programs to recruit and retain students from under-represented groups, but spend more resources on recruitment. Texas is also moving to programs that focus on retaining low-performing students, not classified by any specific under-represented group. In spite of a large number of programs, the student enrollment from under-represented groups is still small, proportionately, compared to their representation in the general population. The basis of a solution could be in better academic preparation for all students. The literature review indicates that academic assistance programs in law schools cannot adequately address general educational deficiencies of incoming law students. Some consideration should be given to a joint admissions law school program similar to the program that exists to increase the number of economically disadvantaged students enrolling in and graduating from Texas medical schools. Three appendixes contain the survey and supplemental information about recruitment and retention programs. (Contains 2 tables and 44 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Diversity (Institutional), Diversity (Student), Economically Disadvantaged, Law Schools, Law Students, Minority Groups, Public Colleges, School Holding Power, State Colleges, Student Recruitment
For full text: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/UHR/ProfSchools.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas