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 Total Whiteness 

TWLS 022021 overviewTotal Whiteness is the percentage of non-Hispanic white students. It was calculated by dividing the total number of students enrolled in the first year of law school in 2017, 2018, and 2019 by the total number of White students enrolled during the same period. White Students included those identified as White and Unknown. It does not include White Hispanics.

Between 2017 and 2019, 117,692 students entered law school; 67.2% of the enrollment was White: Half of the schools had Whiteness greater than 71.2%.

The Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico has no White students. Two schools had more than 90% Whiteness. This is a significant improvement  from 2004, where 26 schools had over 90% Whiteness. 

Change from 2004






  • Historically White Law Schools.  Historically White law schools (69%) were significantly Whiter than those that weren't (22%). The difference was statistically significant (p=.000).

  • Public vs. PrivatePublic law schools (70%) were Whiter than private law schools (65%). The difference was statistically significant (p=.046).

  • Tiers. Law school rankings can be divided into four tiers, in theory representing the quality and status of law school. The level of Whiteness is significantly correlated to tier. Second-tier law schools (72%) are Whiter than fourth-tier law schools (59%) (p=.000).

  • States. The law schools are located in 49 of the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. (Alaska has no law school.) Most states have more than one law school. Puerto Rico had the lowest mean (2%) and South Dakota’s was the highest (91%). The difference among states was statistically significant (p=.000).

  • RegionsThe ABA-LSAC divides the country into 10 regions. The country's region made a difference in law schools' Whiteness with the Midwest (81%) being the most mean whiteness in the law schools and the Far West being the least (52%) (p=.000). The difference was statistically significant (p=.001).




2021 Charts and Tables





TWLS TotalWHitenessbyVariables 






Total Whiteness Database



This database includes all 200 schools. It can be sorted by columns and searched.  Click on a row for additional information.

 Legend: TWLS The Whitest Law School; EW Excess Whiteness; TW Total Whiteness; FY First Year;  LSAC Law School Admission Council; Pop Population.