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101 Iowa L. Rev. Online 1 (2015-2016)

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      Beyond the U.S. News Index: A Better

          Measure of Law School Diversity

                               j. . Manhire*


    I. IN TR O D U CTIO N  .................................................................................................  1

    II. BENEFITS OF  D IVERSITY   ................................................................................. 2

  III. MEASURING LAW STUDENT DIVERSITY ...................................................... 4
       A . IDENTITY D IVERSITY  .............................................................................  5
       B   EXPERIENTIAL DIVERSITY    ...................................................................  6
       C.   TRAINING D IVERSITY .............................................................................  7

   IV. COGNITIVE DIVERSITY INDEX METHODOLOGY ........................................... 7

   V . C O N CLU SIO N  .....................................................................................................  8

       A PPEN D IX  ..........................................................................................................  1 0



                             I.  INTRODUCTION

     The U.S. News & World Report publishes a diversity index along with its
annual ranking of U.S. law schools.1 Race and ethnicity are the only factors the
magazine uses to measure law school diversity. But is this a meaningful
measure of student difference? Are race and ethnicity all that count or are there
other differences that contribute to a richer educational experience for
students and better outcomes for law schools? In a 2011 Iowa Law Review
article, Kevin Johnson argues that law school diversity is not limited to only race





   * Director of Program Development, Texas A&M University School of Law. The author thanks
the very helpful editorial staff at the Iowa Law Review. All analyses, conclusions, opinions,
proposals, and mistakes belong to the author alone.
    1. Law School Diversity Index, U.S. NEWS &WORLD REP., http://grad-schools.usnews.rankings
andreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-school-diversity-rankings    (last
visited Nov. 13, 2015).

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