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Dayton Law Among Best Schools for African Americans

The University of Dayton School of Law was named one of the best law schools for African Americans in the Winter 2020 issue of National Jurist’s preLaw magazine.

The school was ranked 14th.

For the past three years, 20% or more of matriculants at UDSL have been students of color -- 28% in 2017, 34% in 2018 and 23% in 2019.

”I am extremely happy to see so many students of color entering into our law school community and making UDSL their home away from home,” says current President of the Black Law Students Association Marissa Weatherly. “The ranking in preLaw Magazine reflects UDSL’s commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion. BLSA members, including myself, are happy to see more representation in our law school and most importantly in the classrooms!”

The grades were determined by the number of African American students and minority faculty at each school, along with the services the school provides to assist minorities.

Dayton Law received a 4.0 when it came to the services available to minority students. The law school offers a mentoring program, scholarships, employment workshops and student groups geared toward minorities along with bar preparation support.

"We've worked hard over the last five years to listen to our students' concerns, better educate ourselves, and build a more inclusive environment,” says Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Julie Zink. “It is nice to see these efforts being recognized. However, we are well aware that there is still much more work to be done. Suffice it to say, we will not be taking our foot off the pedal." 

See the rankings and read the entire article in preLaw magazine.

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