Diversity Report

Law Review Diversity Report

In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the New York Law School Law Review published its law review diversity reports examining female and minority student representation among law review membership and leadership nationwide. The reports are based on research conducted in collaboration with Ms. JD and include results based on surveys of the flagship, general interest law review or journal at ABA-approved law schools.

Now in its third year, the Law Review Diversity Survey aims to follow patterns of gender and minority diversity among law review membership and leadership at ABA-accredited law schools nationwide.  The 2012-2013 report is now available, with over 120 law reviews and journals nationwide completing the brief survey about the diversity of their student membership and leadership.

  • For the full report, click here


2011-2012 Law Review Diversity Report

By the New York Law School Law Review
The 2011-2012 Law Review Diversity Report analyzed results from a survey of law reviews at all ABA-approved law schools—including results from law reviews at schools ranked in the Top 50 by U.S. News & World Report (the “Top 50 Sample”); ranked outside of the Top 50 (the “NYLS Sample”); and in a “Combined Sample” of all responding law reviews.  The results showed, among other things, a relationship between faculty divesity and law review diversity.

  • For the full report, click here.

2010-2011 Law Review Diversity Report
By the New York Law School Law Review
In 2011, NYLS’s 2010-2011 Law Review Diversity Report expanded upon Ms. JD’s 2010 report on law reviews in the Top 50 by reporting the results of an NYLS survey of two limited samples of law reviews outside of the Top 50, based on criteria other than the U.S. News rankings: the percentage of women and minorities who are members of a law school’s full-time faculty.

  • Read the full report here.

Reports by Ms. JD
Ms. JD published its Women on Law Review: Gender Diversity Reports in August 2010 and October 2012, examining female membership and leadership on the law reviews at law schools ranked in the Top 50 by U.S. News & World Report only. Ms. JD found that, although the percentage of female students on those law reviews (44.3%) and in leadership positions (46.2%) was in line with the percentage of women awarded law degrees during the same time period (45.7% in 2008), the representation of women in the editor-in-chief (“EIC”) position was “disproportionately low” at just 33%.

  • Read the full 2010 and 2012 Ms. JD reports.

To make sure your law review or journal receives future surveys or for more information about how your law review can get involved, email survey@nylslawreview.com.