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Law schools have been admitting minority students through affirmative action programs since the late 1960s. The number of minority students matriculating in American law schools increased significantly as a result of affirmative action. Nearly three thousand or 4.3 percent of the 68,386 students enrolled in 1969-1970 were members of minority groups. By 1982-1983, the number and percentage of minority students had increased to 11,611 and 9 percent of the law school population of 127,915. The percentage of minority applicants enrolled in the first year of law school jumped from 4.2 percent in 1969-1970 to 10.5 percent in 1982-1983.

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Journal of Legal Education



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