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ERIC Number: EJ968322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar-29
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Social Justice
Oguntoyinbo, Lekan
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v29 n4 p12-13 Mar 2012
These are tough times for the law profession. Employment prospects are the weakest they have been in decades. Wages have stagnated. Many blue chip law firms have laid off lawyers or are hiring fewer lawyers. Lately, law schools have been accused of luring students with false promises of cushy, high-paying jobs. There have been accusations of law schools doctoring employment statistics of their recent graduates, many of them saddled with debt that in some cases exceeds $150,000. Some people are re-examining the value of a law education, and some schools are already seeing a dip in enrollment. But for the nation's six historically Black law schools these bleak times are an opportunity to highlight their individual niches and strengths. While several deans say the economic downturn has had some impact on their graduates, they say they have continued to reshape their curriculum and graduation requirements in order to make their students more competitive in the marketplace. They say they continue to adhere to their historical missions, which vary from school to school but many of which include: (1) having a social justice mission; (2) attracting more people of color to the legal profession; (3) preparing students for careers in public agencies or public interest law; and (4) ensuring that their students are ready to practice law upon graduation. The public HBCU law schools tout their low tuition rates, which in turn lead to low debt loads upon graduation. Many of the HBCU law schools have tried to continue to balance the classroom experience by introducing a variety of clinics that are relevant to the changing needs of a changing population, such as foreclosures, veteran's issues, immigration and international adoptions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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