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DIVERSITY & INCLUSION AT MEMPHIS LAW

We define diversity broadly to include several aspects of human differences that contribute to the intellectual discourse and inclusive environment at the University of Memphis School of Law. Diversity may include, but is not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, disability, and more.

The Student Affairs Office of Diversity collaborates with a variety of law school offices and community groups to ensure a diverse and inclusive law school environment.  These collaborations allow us to develop and implement initiatives that increase the access, admission, retention, and graduation of diverse students.

Access Initiatives

Our access initiatives and recruiting efforts work to ensure prospective students from historically underrepresented populations have access to information regarding the legal profession, the law school admission process, and financial aid opportunities.  Access Initiatives also include collaboration with the Memphis Bar Association in coordinating the Summer Law Internship Program and our annual Diversity & Pre-Law Day.  Memphis Law also offers the Tennessee Institute for Pre-Law (TIP) Program.  TIP is the state of Tennessee's only admission by performance program for diverse Tennessee or border county residents who show potential for law school success and bring diversity to the class.  Upon admission, the Office of Student Affairs offers one-on-one counseling and support for students and encourages each student to take advantage of available helpful resources. 

Student Organizations

In 2013, Memphis Law initiated the Law Student Diversity Committee in an effort to increase awareness of diversity related legal issues, encourage community engagement, and cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment responsive to the intellectual and social needs of the student body.

Many of our students participate in student organizations with diversity related missions.  Organizations such as the Association of Women Attorneys, the Black Law Students Association, OutLaw, Student Diversity Committee, and the Public Actions Law Society provide an opportunity for students to serve the interests of these organizations while obtaining their law degree.  Student organizations are open to all students and contribute greatly to the inclusive environment at Memphis Law.   

Recognition

As a result of our efforts, we have garnered praise and recognition on a variety of fronts.  Recently we were ranked as one of the Top  5 Best Regional Law Schools for Black Students and as a Best Bargain Law School for Black Students by Lawyers of Color MagazineLawyers of Color Magazine also recognized our very own Prof. Lee Harris as one of the 50 Under 50 most influential minority law professors in the country.  Click here to read more about Prof. Harris and his accomplishments.  

In 2013, Memphis Law was recognized by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) at its 45th Anniversary Celebration and honored as a member of the inaugural group of "William A. Blakey Diversity Pipeline Architects" for it's access and diversity efforts.

For more information on diversity at the University of Memphis School of Law, please contact the Student Affairs Office of Diversity at 901.678.2528 or visit the links below.

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