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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Our Commitment

Since opening our doors almost a century ago, St. John’s Law has built and sustained a law school culture that reflects and values diversity in all its forms. Our very first class in 1925 had 30 women. By the next year, we welcomed our first African-American student and our first Hispanic student. A few years after that, St. John’s graduated the first Asian-American lawyer in all of New York State.

Through the years, we’ve stayed true to our founding mission of providing a first-rate legal education to a diverse student body, including many students from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities, in a warm, welcoming, and inclusive environment.


Today, our student body is 27% students of color and, thanks to generous alumni, there are 14 endowed scholarships promoting diversity at the Law School. Together those scholarships are now worth over $1.6 million, and that number is growing every year. In addition, our Ronald H. Brown Scholars Program provides an additional $2.1M in annual scholarships to support diversity, equity, and inclusion at St. John’s Law and in the wider legal profession. 

The Law School’s mission-driven investment in diversity, equity, and inclusion is also evident in our faculty, who bring a range of perspectives to their classroom teaching and to their scholarship in the field. 

“As a woman of color, lawyer, and legal educator, I understand that law schools are uniquely positioned to open doors for people who have faced barriers to achievement historically. A legal education can be transformational, and I know that St. John’s Law is dedicated to making a difference in and beyond the legal community as an agent of positive change.”

Kamille Dean
Director of Diversity and Inclusion


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Our Faculty

We’re proud to have a faculty that reflects our diverse Law School, New York City, and global communities. They are dedicated educators whose doors are always open to our students. And they are notable legal scholars who are deeply committed to exploring and addressing issues of real-world significance and impact, including today’s most pressing civil rights and human rights matters.

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Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is evident in the range of resources available to students and other members of the St. John’s Law community.

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Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights

The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights is named for the esteemed St. John’s Law alumnus Ronald H. Brown ’70, ‘89HON, who was the first African-American secretary of commerce and the first African-American chair of the Democratic National Committee.

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Student Affinity Groups

St. John’s Law is home to several affinity group student organizations, including the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Latin American Law Students Association, OUTLaws & Allies, and the South Asian Law Students Association.

Student Stories