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.


Christopher A. Clarke                                                                                                                    

New Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

Bridges: The First-Person Writing Project

The first-person writing project is intended to give selected students an opportunity to reflect on their unique 1L experiences with depth and nuance—and share those insights with the wider Law School community and prospective students.

Insight into Diversity Covers UChicago Law's New Initiatives Around Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Chicago (U of C) Law School and New York Law School (NYLS) in New York City offer two examples of institutions that are stepping up efforts to diversify the profession by recruiting, retaining, and ensuring the success of underrepresented individuals. For its part, U of C Law School hired Christopher Clarke as the director of diversity and inclusion in May 2019.

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 (Class of 2022)

racial and ethnic minority enrollment

Affinity Groups

active student affinity organizations

Courses & Seminars

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

Gender Diversity (Class of 2022)

female student enrollment

Minority Employment Outcomes (Class of 2018)

of those seeking employment were employed 10 months after graduation

Pro Bono Community Engagement 2018

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.