South Texas College of Law, Annotations (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 5, February, 1974 Page: 4 of 8
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Page 4, ANNOTATIONS, February, 1974
Minority Law Enrollment Surges
Female Students Up 38%
CHICAGO - A dramatic
increase in the number of
women law students was
reported today by the American
The ABA also noted a
substantial gain in minority
group enrollment and said that
for the first time there was not a
single "unfilled seat" in the First
year class of any ABA approved
Women enrolled this past
fall numbered 16,760, a 37.8
percent increase over 1972.
Minority group enrollment rose
12.9 percent, far outpacing the
overall enrollment increase of
Enrollment of first year
women law students this past
faU, totaled 7.464, a 35.2
percent gain over 1972. The
additional 1,956 women this fall
contrasted with a decline of 69
The study showed that
women were admitted at a
somewhat higher rate than men,
reflecting a slight edge in law
school admission test (L.S.A.T.)
Minority group enrollment
climbed to 7,601 from the fall,
1972, total of 6,730. The 1973
figure is two and one half times
higher than the 1969
Enrollment of blacks grew
394, or 8.9 percent, and
Mexican Americans increased
187, or 17.7 percent.
The full house dilemma
facing prospective law school
students comes after a
phenomenal increase in demand
for legal education combined
with comparatively little growth
In the three years ending
with 1971, only (me accredited
university, Hofstra, established a
law school. Six more have begun
classes since, Antioch School of
Law, University of Puget Sound,
Brigham Young University,
Franklin Pierce College,
University of Hawaii and
Southern Illinois University at
Next month, however, the
council of ABA's Section of
Legal Education and Admissions
to the Bar will consider nine
applications for provisional
Despite predictions that law
school admission test
administrations would level off
this year, the ABA said test
administrations are running 11
percent ahead of last year.
Indications are that the number
of law school applicants next fall
will be about 10 percent higher
than last year. The marked
increase in law school
enrollments and recent graduates
has prompted concern about
employment potential in the
awarded by approved law
schools have tripled since 1963,
reaching 27,756 last year. At the
end of 1973, there were an
estimated 375,475 lawyers in
the United States.
The ABA Task Force on
Professional Utilization, which
viewed the situation a year ago,
expressed optimism for
employment possibilities, It said
that "the existence pf a large
pool of well qualified, legally
trained individuals should be
viewed as a significant national
Prof. Ruud is now on leave
from the University of Texas
Law School to serve as executive
director of the Association of
American Law Schools in
ABA Midyear Meeting to be Held
In Houston Jan. 30 • Feb. 5
CHICAGO, — Should laws
be changed that discriminate
against single persons? Should
juries be reduced to six persons
in deciding civil cases in federal
courts? Should "shield"
legislation be enacted to protect
newsmen's sources of
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These were among issues
debated by the American Bar
Association when the 176,000
member national legal
organization held its midyear
meeting in Houston, January 30
through February 5.
The providing of legal
services to the public - currently
a hot issue in the profession -
was also given much attention. A
public hearing on delivery of
legal services was held in
conjunction with the meeting,
conducted by the Senate
Representation of Citizen
Interests, chairs by Sen. John V.
Tunney (D-Calif.), on Sunday,
A number of ABA sections
and committees held sessions in
conjunction with the
Association's meeting, as did the
ABA Board of Governors, which
met on January 31 and February
Additional events dealing
with the delivery of legal services
included a question and answer
session on the status of prepaid
legal services plans, conducted
by the ABA Special Committee
on Prepaid Legal Services, and a
panel discussion on prepaid legal
services, sponsored by the ABA
Young Lawyers Section.
ABA to Consider Impeachment
The American Bar Association will consider whether it should
back a call for the resignation or impeachment of President Nixon at
its mid year meeting in Houston February 4-5.
Other issues to be addressed by the House of Delegates are an
ABA stance on shielf legislation to protect newsmen's sources and
methods of improving legal services.
The call for Nixon's resignation or impeachment is sponsored by
the Law Student Division.
The ABA mid year meeting headquarter at the Hyatt Regency,
will run January 30 through February 5.
State Bai Dues Increased
Members of the Texas State Bar Association voted by referendum
to raise state bar dues from $50 to $65 last month. The move
prevented a reversion to $32 per year as provided in the 1970
referendum, which raised the assessment to the previous $50 level.
Dues for attorneys in their first three years of practice remain at
$25 per year.
Suit Charges Racial Bias
A Wayne State University Law School graduate has filed an $11
million class action law suit charging Michigan's State Bar Exam with
built in racial bias.
The suit, brought on behalf of 771 persons who took the
Michigan Bar in August, claims the test is weighted in favor of types
of legal knowledge likely to be used by white middle class persons,
while ignoring law relevant to black and lower class neighborhoods.
The suit names the Michigan Board of Law Examiners and the
State Bar of Michigan as defendants.
California may be headed toward recognition of professional
status for legal assistants if a plan recommended by the state's Bar
Association meets with approval in the California legislature.
The State Bar's Committee on Economics of Law Practice has
advanced a plan that would recognize a "Certified Attorney
Assistant," establish educational standards for the position, set
means for the state bar to supervise qualification by written
examinations, and establish criteria for accredidation of legal
assistant educational centers.
Public Interest Firm Tested
The Boston Bar Association has assumed control of a public
interest law firm and will operate it as an experiment for three years.
The firm has handled matters involving large numbers of persons and
major developments in the law for the last five yean.
The Boston Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law will
become the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights under Law of the
Boston Bar Association.
The firm will be established at a separate activity of the bar to
avoid poasibte pressures when the firm enters into unpopular causes.
Also, it will incline toward cases against governmental agencies,
rather than against private parties.
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