For the legal system to function effectively, the profession must reflect the intellectual and cultural diversity that characterizes this nation. It is the School of Law's institutional conviction that diversity of perspectives - shaped by economic or cultural background, by race, by gender, by sexual orientation, by disability and by philosophical outlook -- is an essential ingredient of the educational process. If the ideals of justice and the rule of law are to retain their power, then legal education must attract people who can challenge each other's ideas and perceptions and who can draw upon each other's strengths in resolving disputes and building consensus within a plurality of perspectives.
This commitment to diversity is manifest in a variety of ways. Each year approximately 30 percent of our entering class is comprised of people of color. Hailing from on average more than 25 states and several foreign countries, the class typically represents more than 130 undergraduate institutions and ranges in age from 20 to 50. The same diversity is reflected in our faculty and deans. Of our 58 full-time faculty members, half are women and 12 are people of color.
From this diversity, the School of Law works to build a true sense of community.