William Mitchell is one of just ten law schools in the country to receive the Law School Admission Council’s 2013 Diversity Matters Award. The schools are honored for their commitment to attracting minority students to their programs, with outreach programs directed towards racially and ethnically diverse students who may be considering law school.
Mitchell’s Office of Multicultural Affairs has been a leader in reaching out to public schools, from its MLK Week of Service and its participation in the Leap Program, to its frequent hosting of middle and high school students during college visits, which include student panels and a mock trial.
The MLK Week of Service, which includes numerous community outreach projects, has drawn high praise from the people who take part in it. One of the reasons is its attention to individuals and their viewpoints.
Teacher Heather Walker, who worked on the MLK Essay Contest, said students really benefited from one-on-one feedback.
“Students felt important, and listened to while also receiving meaningful feedback,” she said. “In a very short time, Mitchell judges wrote empowering comments that were specific to each child and their topic, while also guiding them to the next steps as they continue to grow as writers and speakers. I can’t stress enough how meaningful it is for them to have this written confirmation of their efforts, to hang onto with the essay.”
The other law schools to receive the Diversity Matters Award were DePaul University, Pacific McGeorge, Arizona State, Chapman, Emory University, Gonzaga, Loyola Chicago, Marquette, and Wayne State.
Diversity at Mitchell website