The Educational Benefits of Student Diversity in U.S. Law Schools
The Educational Diversity Project (EDP) collects longitudinal survey and focus group data from 8,000 Law students at 64 Law Schools to understand the benefits of educational diversity. www.unc.edu/edp/ We conduct multi- level modeling on EDP datasets: 2005 Baseline Survey; 2007 Exit Survey; IPEDS institutional data and supplemental student data from the Law Schools Admissions Council.
We test the long- term effects and benefits of educational diversity within Law Schools. We ask whether diversity is a “game changer” not only for classroom learning, but also for life outcomes (i.e., socio- political attitudes, educational experiences, professional trajectories, neighborhood and school choices, and community engagement)
We ask: “Does educational diversity really matter?” Our findings convincingly support the view that student diversity does matter and makes positive contributions to the educational experience for law students.