Research Project Ongoing

Launched in conjunction with the first Celebration of Black Alumni (CBA) event in 2000, the HLS Black Alumni survey documents the achievements and experiences of the school’s black alumni. The survey asks questions about career trajectories and mobility, employment status, job satisfaction, the impact of race and other demographic characteristics on career paths, and other important professional and individual issues. Over 550 individuals completed the 2000 survey and the Center produced a first-of-its-kind kind Report on the State of Black Alumni. In 2016, the Center produced an update to and extension of this important project with the publication of Harvard Law School: Report on the State of Black Alumni II 2000-2016. The report contains both a comprehensive history section on the state of the black legal profession and, in particular, black HLS graduates between 2000 and 2016 (including a comprehensive timeline of developments across those years) as well as a robust data section on the career-paths of black HLS graduates derived from the 550+ responses to a career survey CLP rolled out in September 2016. The Center launched this important work in June 2017 at its Third Annual Awards Dinner, held at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. We plan to update the study in the coming years.



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