Diversity at Akron Law
Akron Law promotes diversity in the legal profession through its recruitment and admissions policies, as well as through community involvement.
Diversity and admissions
In assembling each year's entering class, the Admissions Committee adopts a multifaceted recruitment strategy to ensure that the student body is academically talented and representative of a diverse set of racial, ethnic, social, economic, geographic, and educational backgrounds.
Our approach to recruiting a diverse student body has been successful. Fifteen percent of the students enrolled at Akron Law are people of color, and 45 percent are female. Our students range in age from 21 to 58 and come to us from 32 states as well as four foreign countries (Canada, China, Germany, and Vietnam).
In college, our students pursued 94 unique majors at 170 different colleges and universities. 41 of our students have graduate degrees, which were earned from 29 graduate schools and represent 29 different fields of study. Akron Law counts among its students two medical doctors (an MD and an OD), two Ph.D.s, seven MBAs, and five professional engineers.
One popular view of law school is that only the affluent and well-connected can attend. This is not the case at Akron Law: 25 percent of our students are the first person in their family to graduate from college, and 80 percent are the first person in their family to attend law school. About 35 percent of our students receive a total of $2.5 million in scholarships, graduate assistantships, and tuition remission annually, and nearly 80 percent of our students receive financial aid in the form of loans.
The Akron Law’s Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program
Our PLUS Program offers an innovative and supportive environment for students with diverse backgrounds who want to explore a legal education.
Akron Law's student organizations work hard to promote socio-cultural diversity and diversity of ideas within our student body. The Black Law Students Association, Asian-Latino Law Students Association, and Law Association for Women sponsor numerous community service, academic development, and diversity promotion events each academic year. In addition, other organizations such as the Federalist Society, the Gay-Straight Law Alliance, the ACLU, and the Student Bar Association seek to encourage public discussion on political, legal, and public policy issues by sponsoring guest speakers and debates.
It is the policy of this institution that there shall be no unlawful discrimination against any individual in employment or in its programs or activities at The University of Akron because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, military status, genetic information, or status as a veteran. The University of Akron prohibits sexual harassment of any form in all aspect of employment and in its programs and activities and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual and racial or ethnic orientation in employment and admissions.