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September 2011 , Page 60 

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Increasing Diversity in The Legal Profession

By Jumba M. Mugwanya

The lack of diversity in the legal profession is a reflection of the larger socioeconomic disparities that exist in the United States. The legal community is exclusive by nature, considering that one must graduate from an ABA-accredited law school, pass the required bar examination, and be licensed by a bar association to even launch a legal career. Ethnic groups who traditionally lack financial, educational, and social capital already begin at a disadvantage in trying to meet these requirements, let alone practice and ascend to the bench. Therefore, any effort to increase diversity in the legal profession must begin in high school and continue all the way through legal practice. Through a comprehensive approach to training, mentoring, and financing the careers of aspiring minority attorneys, the disparate statistics in legal education and practice can be greatly improved.

The effort to increase diversity must begin with focused outreach at the different levels of education. Across the

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