Diversity Education and Outreach

The mission of the Office of Diversity Education and Outreach is twofold. First, the office seeks to provide support and guidance for diverse students. Second, the office seeks to create a diverse and inclusive Law School community that not only attracts and retains diverse students, staff, and faculty, but also maintains an intellectually rigorous environment in which diverse viewpoints are explored, shared and debated.

Constituencies the Office of Diversity Education and Outreach seeks to support and guide include culturally diverse and historically underrepresented ethnic groups, such as African Americans, Asian Americans, South Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, as well as others who are often underrepresented or marginalized, such as first generation students, gay, lesbian and transgender students, students with disabilities, veterans, older students, and students with children.

The Office of Diversity Education and Outreach provides support and guidance for diverse students as they meet the challenges of navigating law school and entering the legal profession. Through outreach targeted to every phase of law school and career -- from applying for admission to joining alumni networks -- the Office of Diversity Education and Outreach develops, supports, and maintains the interrelationships that foster student achievement and produce satisfied graduates.

The Office of Diversity Education and Outreach also strives to foster a diverse and inclusive law school community through programming on diversity-related topics for the entire law school community, including programming on microaggressions, unconscious bias, cross cultural, communication and conflict, and cross-cultural lawyering.

The foremost goal of the Office of Diversity Education and Outreach is the development of a diverse and inclusive Law School community, and the Director of Diversity Education and other Student Services staff work tirelessly with all of the Law School's constituencies to ensure that Northwestern Law continues to be a trailblazer on topics of diversity and inclusion in legal education and the legal profession.

For additional information on the Office of Diversity Education and Outreach or to learn more about Northwestern Law's innovative approach to diversity and inclusion in legal education, please email Shannon P. Bartlett, the Director of Diversity Education and Outreach, at Shannon.bartlett@law.northwestern.edu or call 312-503-4557.

Resources

Minority Legal Education Resources
The Minority Legal Education Resources Supplemental Bar Review Program (MLER, Inc.) is the response of Northwestern alumnus and Professor Ronald E. Kennedy to the problem of low bar passage rates among minorities. Started in the summer of 1975 with a generous financial contribution from the Cook County Bar Foundation, MLER began as a supplemental bar review course for minority law graduates of Northwestern University designed to operate in tandem with the primary Illinois bar review courses. After more than 30 years in operation, MLER has developed into its own stand-alone not-for-profit organization, and Northwestern Law honors the long-time connection with MLER by continuing to provide space for the program, which is now open to graduates from any law school who plan to take the Illinois Bar Exam. Further, what began as Professor Kennedy's efforts to provide individualized help to minority law graduates is now a model program for similar initiatives in other states. For additional information on MLER, including on how to apply for the program, please visit the MLER website.

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
Part of the Division of Student Affairs on the Evanston campus

LGBTQIA Resources
Resources for LGBTQIA members of the Northwestern community

Women's Center
Resources for women at Northwestern University