Diversity and Inclusion at UChicago Law

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Christopher A. Clarke, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Welcome to the University of Chicago Law School. I send my warmest greeting as the new Director of Diversity and Inclusion. As someone who has been deeply involved in academic diversity and inclusion for over 10 years, I am extremely excited to lead the Law School’s diversity and inclusion efforts. The Law School is committed to the mission of promoting a learning environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all students both inside and outside of the classroom. However, we will only achieve this goal with the commitment and participation of our faculty, staff and student body. I encourage you to join us on this journey as we advance, celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion both at the Law School and on the UChicago campus.

Sincerely, 

Christopher A. Clarke                                                                                                                    

Pre-Orientation Program 2019

We are excited to offer a new five-day, on-campus, pre-orientation experience designed to strengthen academic, professional, and personal skills for diverse incoming students. The program takes place Monday through Friday the week before Orientation and will expose participants to the classroom environment at the Law School as well as the tools of success for any law student.

Students representing the South Asian Law Students Association at the student organization fair.

Affinity Student Organizations

Affinity student organizations provide students the opportunity to engage with one another around shared interests and identities.

Student Diversity

33%
racial and ethnic minority enrollment

Affinity Groups

18
active student affinity organizations

Courses & Seminars

10+
course offerings covering issues of race, gender, and lgbtq rights

Gender Diversity

47%
female student enrollment

Minority Employment Outcomes (Class of 2018)

98.6%
of those seeking employment were employed 10 months after graduation

Pro Bono Community Engagement 2018

8,905
total service hours logged at 83 Chicago organizations

Kameron Matthews

Class of 2006

As Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care at the US Veterans Health Administration, she’s leading the overhaul of medical services to veterans that was mandated by a law enacted last year. “Our office is at the epicenter of the modernization movement related to care for veterans,” she said. “We are defining the systems and criteria to give veterans more choice about where to obtain services.” Read the profile.

Jason Goitia

Class of 2003

Double vision led within a few months to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Today, with an undaunted spirit, he deals with many challenging symptoms that include diminished vision, speech difficulties, and impaired coordination that requires him to use a walker to get around. Now working for the National Organic Program at the US Department of Agriculture, where he’s been since 2012, he has also committed himself to helping others with disabilities. Read the profile.

Jennifer Levi

Class of 1992

Jennifer Levi, ’92, received the highest honor bestowed by the National LGBT Bar Association, its Dan Bradley Award, for her leadership toward equality under the law. Her civil rights advocacy on behalf of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people includes arguing the Massachusetts same-sex marriage case at the trial-court level, bringing a challenge to Massachusetts’ sodomy law, and establishing important protections for children born to same-sex couples. Read the profile.