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STORY PITCH: Women outnumber men in WVU’s Law Class of 2022

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Dean Gregory Bowman (front row, third from left) stands with the WVU Law Class of 2022.

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For the first time in more than a decade, women in West Virginia University’s Law Class of 2022 make up more than half of the class, which also boasts higher academic credentials than previous years. WVU also welcomes self-identified minorities who make up eight percent of these students, one-third of whom are first-generation college students. Gregory Bowman, dean of the WVU College of Law, said diversity in law delivers fairness in the justice system.

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“The law is supposed to serve all members of society equally, so diversity of all types among lawyers is essential. Without it, the law cannot address all perspectives and cannot be truly just. Women in the law help create equality and ensure justice. Just over 50 percent of our population is women, but only 38 percent of all lawyers in the U.S. are women. The legal profession still has a long way to go before truly representing the diversity of the United States. Lawyers are leaders, and we want and need more women to serve as leaders in government and the private sector, to help solve society’s problems, and be positive role models for the next generation.” 

“If we don’t have diversity, we don’t have equal range of perspectives that really enrich our decision making and our analysis. Without diversity we will inevitably have less understanding which means less empathy which means less compassion which means less justice.” —Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law.


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Gregory Bowman: If we don't have diversity

Link to original story: Meet the Class of 2022

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  • Women
  • Faculty
  • Other universities

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