Harvard Law School Report on the State of Black Alumni: 1869-2000

David B. Wilkins Elizabeth Chambliss Lisa A. Jones Halie Adamson
report October 2000

For over a century, Harvard Law School has been a leader in training Black lawyers. This report chronicles the unprecedented success of Harvard Law School’s Black graduates and examines the manner in which race continues to impact—but not define—their careers.

Although what follows is of particular interest to the Harvard community, this examination of the careers of Black Harvard Law School graduates has more general significance for law schools, the legal profession, and society as a whole. A study of the careers of Black law graduates offers an important window into the long-term benefits of diversity and inclusion in our institutions of higher learning.