The American Bar Association has compiled and published enrollment and degree completion data for its member law schools. Here we will examine Black enrollments at the five law schools in the Ivy League, several of which are ranked among the best law schools in the United States.
Black students make up at least 11 percent of total enrollments at all five Ivy League law schools. Leading the group is Columbia University in New York where there are 39 Black students out of a total enrollment of 124. Thus, Blacks are 31.2 percent of the total enrollments.
At Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Blacks make up more than 20 percent of the student body.
At Yale Law School, the nation’s highest-ranked law school according to U.S. News & World Report, there are 15 Black students among the 98-member student body.
There are 11 Black students at Cornell Law School. They make up 11 percent of total enrollments.
At the University of Pennsylvania Law School, there are equal numbers of men and women among Black students. At the other four Ivy League law schools, women make up a majority of the Black students.
At Yale Law School, women make up 73 percent of Black enrollments. At Harvard Law School and Cornell Law School, women are at least 63 percent of all Black enrollments. At Columbia Law School there are 22 women. or 56.4 percent, of the 39 Black students.