Diversity at UF Law
Classrooms filled with men and women from diverse backgrounds and experiences lead to a better education and a healthier understanding of how the world works.
At the Levin College of Law, we understand that classrooms filled with a mosaic of personalities contribute to valuable dialogue in our increasingly global and multicultural world. Most important, they result in much-needed diversity in the legal profession and, ultimately, in a more just legal system. For these reasons, one of the core missions at the University of Florida law school is to actively try to fill our classrooms with a balance of students of every race, religion, class, belief system and sexual orientation. We still have work to do, but we are moving in the right direction.
With about 300 students in each entering class, the college is sizable enough to support an abundance of interests, aptitudes and talents. In the average entering class, students come from more than 90 different colleges and universities throughout the country and abroad. About 33.8 percent of entering students in 2014 were minorities.
UF Law has produced more than its share of minority leaders, including:
- Eugene K. Pettis (JD 85) in 2013 became the first African-American president of The Florida Bar;
- Stephen N. Zack (JD 71), who came to the United States from Cuba in 1961 and in 2010 became the first Hispanic president of the American Bar Association; and
- Martha Barnett (JD 72) became one of the first female ABA presidents in 2000.
It is easy to desire a more diverse student body, but it is the muscle behind the mandate that communicates who and what the Levin College of Law truly hopes to be.
For more information on how diversity is valued on an academic level, visit the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) or read our Diversity Statement.