Law is the least diverse profession because we wait until law school to invest in access. By then, many aspiring first-generation attorneys are filtered out by financial and institutional barriers. This is especially damaging for the students that are most proximate to the legal symptoms of poverty and migration.
This is the source of future prosecutors, judges, justices, and decision-makers in our criminal justice system.
This is a pipeline into political spaces where decisions are made about resources, services, healthcare, and schools.
This is walking into a legal clinic and seeing clear racial divides between predominantly White service providers and predominantly non-White clientele.
This is a denial of access to legal support due to language barriers separating legal professionals and clients.
This is a matter of access to legal knowledge, legal power, and legal support.