Together But Unequal: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Exacerbated the Inequities Harming Minority Law Students

Khrystan Nicole Policarpio - UC Davis School of Law
Grecia Orozco - UC Davis School of Law
Vol. 55
Page 91

The first Part of this Article explores the pre-pandemic law school structure and the inequities faced by Diverse students. The second Part examines the effects of the ongoing pandemic and the current cultural and political climate on the law student experience. This discussion incorporates findings from a survey we conducted in 2021, in which we gathered anonymous feedback from law students across the country regarding their experiences with online learning. This Section also discusses students’ reactions to the current political and cultural climate, including the nation’s response to police brutality and the 2020 presidential election as additional factors affecting law students. Lastly, the third Part of this Article offers recommendations to law schools on how legal education can be more equitable during and beyond this global crisis.

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