In 2003, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the importance of diversity in legal education when it decided Grutter v. Bollinger.' Underlying the Court's decision was the recognition that a diverse student body benefits the education of all law students, which in turn, impacts society in important ways. While recognition of educational diversity as a compelling state interest allows law schools to consider race in admissions, race-based admissions policies alone cannot address the truly compelling state interest underlying educational diversity: training lawyers to practice in a multicultural society, including effectively representing clients from different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Law schools must do more than simply attempt to create diverse classrooms. Law schools must implement cross-cultural education to teach law students the skills necessary to understand cultural differences and to effectively communicate with clients and colleagues whose cultural backgrounds differ from their own.
"Just What the Doctor Ordered: The Need for Cross-Cultural Education in Law Schools,"
Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy:
1, Article 4.
Available at: http://trace.tennessee.edu/tjlp/vol5/iss1/4