Diversity and Inclusion at UChicago Law

The Law School thrives on its passion for ideas, the belief that ideas matter and are worth discussing, and that our environment succeeds only when our community includes and welcomes people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Fostering an environment that unambiguously values diversity in all its dimensions-including racial, gender, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation/identity, cultural, lifestyle and viewpoint - is an essential element to our success.                                                                                                           

Earl B. Dickerson Centennial Student Research Opportunities

This year, the law school is commemorating the life of our first African-American JD graduate. As part of our celebration of the centennial of Earl B. Dickerson’s graduation, Professors Fairley, Hubbard, and McAdams have identified possible student research projects related to his life and work. We invite students to pursue these or any other projects that you might develop to study law or history that relates to the life and work of Earl Dickerson.

Diversity and Inclusion Programs

List of Autumn 2019 Diversity and Inclusion programs and events.

Student Diversity (Class of 2022)

40%
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 (Class of 2022)

52%
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.