Black, Latino Enrollment At Berkeley Law Remain Low
In the second year after affirmative-action admissions policies were dismantled at Berkeley law school, minority admissions remain dangerously low, despite modest increases.
Boalt Hall School of Law extended admissions offers to 32 blacks this year, doubling last year's numbers. However, none of the 15 blacks who were accepted last year agreed to attend the school. One of the 15 who had originally chose to defer admission later became the only black student in the class of 1997.
The number of Latino students who were offered admission rose to 60, fourteen more than were accepted in 1997. Dean Herma Hill Kay credits the rising numbers to the new strategies used by Boalt admissions staff, which included visiting more colleges with high minority enrollments and garnering the help of black and Latino alumni in admissions receptions across the country.