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Law School Admission Council Honors Marquette University Law School with Fifth Annual Diversity Matters Award

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NEWTOWN, Pa., June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Marquette University Law School won the Law School Admission Council's (LSAC) Fifth Annual Diversity Matters Award for exceptional programming. The award is designed to recognize law school programming that encourages racially and ethnically diverse students to consider law as a career.  

LSAC Honors Law Schools with "Diversity Matters" Awards. From left: Iain L. E. Davis, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Management, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Sean Reilly, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Marquette University Law School; Tracy L. Simmons, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Diversity Initiatives and Financial Aid, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

The awards were announced at LSAC's Annual Meeting and Educational Conference in Asheville, North Carolina on May 31, 2014. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law earned the second place award, while the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law received the third place award.

The Diversity Matters Award is part of LSAC's DiscoverLaw.org initiative, which supports programs aimed at increasing diversity in law school and the legal profession, where ethnic and racial minorities are often underrepresented.  Law schools are encouraged to host events that demonstrate to high school, community college, and early college students why the world does need another lawyer. The Diversity Matters Award is given to the law school that demonstrates the highest level of outreach each year. This year, Marquette was one of two law schools that conducted five events. The school received additional points for the high attendance level at its events, exceptional website promotion, and the number of students who ultimately registered to receive additional information about legal education through DiscoverLaw.org.

According to Kent D. Lollis, LSAC's Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives, "Promoting diversity is a core value of the Law School Admission Council. The percentage of lawyers from racial and ethnic groups is just over 10 percent, which is very low. Marquette law school sponsored outreach programs that were creative, inventive, and reached the largest number of students from diverse backgrounds."

About Law School Admission Council
Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is a nonprofit association of 219 law schools in the US, Canada, and Australia whose mission is to streamline the law school admission process for applicants and law schools. Based in Newtown, PA, LSAC is the sponsor of the Law School Admission Test and myriad services for law schools and their applicants. Website: LSAC.org

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