For the sixth time in seven years, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law has earned a prestigious top three finish for the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) Diversity Matters Award. The annual competition, run by LSAC’s DiscoverLaw.org initiative, recognizes law schools throughout the United States and Canada with the highest level of outreach efforts to students from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the legal profession.
“We are honored once again to be among the top three schools to receive the 2017 Diversity Matters Award,” said Justin Cruz, Fowler School of Law’s Assistant Dean of Admission and Diversity Initiatives. “We hope to inspire students from historically underrepresented groups to pursue a legal education and represent the legal needs of an increasingly diverse society.”
Earlier this year, the Fowler School of Law received a $300,000 grant from LSAC to host the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program—a law school summer bridge program for undergraduate minority groups. The three-year grant supports Chapman’s PLUS program, which will introduce first- and second-year community college students from underrepresented populations to skills important for success in law school and beyond. The five-week PLUS program provides an intense focus on legal skills required to succeed in law school, the law school admission process, and legal career opportunities.
Above (from left), Fowler School of Law Associate Director of Admission and Diversity Initiatives Allison Takeda, Fowler School of Law Assistant Dean of Admission and Diversity Initiatives Justin Cruz , LSAC Executive Director of Diversity Initiatives Kent Lollis.