More Women Than Men Now Attend This Law School
Brigham Young University’s law school now admits more women than men.
The Daily Herald reports that BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School’s incoming class of 2021 is the law school’s first predominantly female class with women making up 52% of the 104 total student class body.
Stacie Stewart, the dean of admissions at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, called the news “significant” and “historic.”
More Applications, More Qualified Students
Traditionally, BYU’s law school has had women make up student enrollment in the 30% to 40% range, Stewart tells the Daily Herald. And currently, BYU’s total student enrollment is majority male, with men making up 52% of the total student body.
Yet, this year, BYU law school saw an increase of 6.7% in applications. For applications from women, that number swelled 20.7%.
Stewart says the school is focused on attracting the most qualified students.
“This isn’t a situation where we just admitted more women to admit more women, because you still have to be qualified to be eligible for the program,” Stewart tells the Daily Herald.
In an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, Stewart says she hopes that the increase in women representation at BYU Law will motivate more women to pursue a career in law.
“…if the reason why a lot of them were not applying before was because they looked at our stats online and said, ‘Maybe that’s not a female-friendly place’ — I hope that this year’s [stat] shows them that that is not true,” Stewart says.
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