Raising the Bar
July - September 2006

Have you ever wondered why the legal profession is often referred to as the “bar?”  You have to pass the “bar” exam in order to practice law in any state, and only then are you allowed to practice in the “bar”. It is an intentional barrier to entry. But who is it supposed to keep out?

Well, the reality is that for whatever reason, the Hispanic community is being left out. Even though approximately 12.6 % of the U.S. population is Hispanic, only 3.3 % of  the lawyers in the U.S. are Hispanic. And the problem is not getting any better.  Only 5.9 % of law school students in 2005 were Hispanic. When compared to other professions, minority representation (not just Hispanic, but all minorities) in the legal field is not adequate.

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