DePaul law school earns Diversity Matters Award

DePaul University College of Law has been recognized for its diversity outreach efforts with a 2013 Diversity Matters Award from the Law School Admission Council. LSAC acknowledged DePaul first among 10 law schools nationwide that it identified as demonstrating “the highest level of outreach to racially and ethnically diverse students.”

“This award is an affirmation of the College of Law’s longstanding commitment to building and sustaining a diverse student population,” said Gregory Mark. “The College of Law’s diversity outreach encompasses not only ethnic and racial diversity, but includes socio-economic status, experiences and interest, among many other things. We know that an environment of diverse thought and background enriches learning, as well as our community.”

LSAC is a nonprofit organization of 218 law schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia that is best known for administering the Law School Admissions Test. It created the Diversity Matters Award to support its DiscoverLaw.org campaign, which encourages racially and ethnically diverse students to consider legal careers. The site offers tips, resources and tools to help diverse students become more competitive law school applicants. Recipients of Diversity Matters Awards helped support the campaign’s goals.

One of the College of Law’s most visible diversity outreach efforts this academic year was its work with Legal Prep Charter Academy, Chicago’s first and only legal-themed public high school. DePaul faculty, alumni, staff and students volunteered to help design and conduct a mock trial proceeding, using Legal Prep students as participants, so that they could gain firsthand, the knowledge and skills required to be an effective advocate.

For more information about the Diversity Matters Award visit http://www.discoverlaw.org/outreach/diversity-matters.asp.