Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UCLA Law Students Protest against Admission Policies

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UCLA Law Students Protest against Admission Policies

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LOS ANGELES -- About 200 students and professors staged a walkout here late last month to protest admissions policies at the University of California-Los Angeles where only two Black students are among the law school's freshman class.

Protesters at the two-hour teach-in urged law school admissions officials to do more to recruit ethnic minorities, especially in the wake of Proposition 209, the statewide ballot measure that bars ethnic and gender considerations in state hiring, contracting and public university admissions.

"It's very difficult -- there are times I feel isolated and excluded, an outcast from my classmates," says Crystal James, one of the two African American students admitted among all the 286 new students this fall.

The university's incoming law school class has 126 Whites, 66 Asian Americans, 17 Hispanics students and one American Indian. The ethnic background of the remaining 74 students was not known.

In 1996, the class that enrolled before Proposition 209, there were 19 Black students, 45 Hispanics, 48 Asian Americans, five American Indians and 188 Whites or those whose ethnicity was unknown. …

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