UMass Law ranks among best regional law schools in East for black students

DARTMOUTH – The University of Massachusetts School of Law has ranked as one of the best regional law schools in East for black students, according to the 2019 Black Student’s Guide to Law Schools & Firms.

UMass Law at UMass Dartmouth was No. 5 in Eastern United States, based on the percentage of black students who received a law degree last spring and the affordability of tuition, as well as other factors such as the percentage of blacks among the faculty, selectivity and percentage of students who pass the bar exam. The guide was authored by the Washington-based nonprofit group Lawyers of Color.

According to the guide, 8 percent of the UMass Law students who received a law degree last spring were black and the resident annual tuition is $27,391.

“We believe it is critical that our graduates reflect the communities where they will pursue justice as lawyers,” UMass Law Dean Eric Mitnick said in a statement. “The diversity of our student body enriches the teaching and learning at UMass Law by bringing a wide spectrum of perspectives and experiences to our classrooms and community outreach clinics.”

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UMass Law noted that is has one of the highest percentages of students of color among the 15 law schools in New England. The school said 31 percent of its students overall were people of color and 32 percent of its first-year students were people of color.

Roger Williams University School of Law earned a mention in the guide, appearing on a list identifying law schools’ percentage of black faculty. Roger Williams appeared in the lower half of the list at 5.26 percent.

Nationwide, Howard University School of Law was No. 1 in the guide’s ranking because, in part, 91.9 percent of Howard students who received law degrees last year were black. The annual tuition for the school is listed at $37,534.

Columbia Law School ranked No. 2. The guide said 9.3 percent of law degree-recipients last year were black. The tuition is $67,564.

The University of Chicago Law School was No. 3 with the percentage of black students among the graduating class last year at 6.3 percent. The tuition is $62,865.