March 22, 2021
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March 19, 2021 - UNT Dallas College of Law is Ranked #1 in the country for Law School Diversity.  preLaw / National Jurist Magazine announced the Top 25 law schools in their Winter 2021 Edition which was published this month.  While racial disparity remains in America, many institutions of higher learning are stepping up recruitment efforts to attract the best and brightest students from all backgrounds. 

UNT Dallas College of Law (COL) has been recognized by the magazine over the past few years for earning a number of esteemed banners including Top 10 Best Law Schools for African Americans and Top 20 for Hispanics.  Now, the Dallas law institution sits atop an elite list of law schools in the U.S.

Former Assistant Dean for Admissions and Scholarships - Valerie James and her second in command Sheena Brooks were responsible for executing an extremely aggressive strategy to build a culturally diverse law-school student body when the doors opened in 2014.  Brooks was at the helm when law schools throughout America were forced to establish new protocols for meeting potential students during the pandemic.  After reassessing a slew of new recruiting norms during COVID-19, the admissions team amassed a record number of diverse applicants for the Entering Class of Fall 2020.  Dr. Nicole Gibbs, who joined UNT Dallas COL as the new Assistant Dean for Admissions and Scholarships in October 2020, is working diligently to continue the successful climb by incorporating the latest law school best practices.  

UNT Dallas COL has a proud, albeit short, history as an innovative educational law program with a number of local and regional championships in Moot Court and Mock Trial competitions.  With brand new recognition as a diversity leader among all law schools in the country, UNT Dallas COL is living up to its mission of training lawyers who are as diverse as the communities they serve.               

The American Bar Association (ABA) completed a site visit last week at UNT Dallas COL, which was provisionally approved in June 2017.

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