CUNY Law will continue to be a place that invests in a future built around the inclusion of people and communities historically and presently excluded and that have been and continue to be most impacted by the justice system.
Today, the Supreme Court overturned 45 years of its own precedent by deciding that racial and ethnic diversity is not a compelling interest for colleges and universities. We disagree with the decision and reasoning of the Court but will, of course, abide by the law.
What you need to know is that nothing in this opinion undercuts our mission to recruit and train outstanding public service lawyers to diversify the legal profession and transform the idea of what the justice system does. Our commitment to this mission has been and continues to be the core of our institution, our vision, and our community. In furtherance of that, we have long been committed to an admissions process that recruits widely from diverse communities in New York City and across the nation and engages in a holistic admissions approach that evaluates each applicant beyond a label or a checked box on a form. It is these practices that have made CUNY Law the most diverse law school in the nation, which brings us immense pride.
We know that justice is neither color-blind nor race-neutral, but rather calls for investment in and inclusion of people and communities most impacted by the justice system, both historically and in the present. CUNY Law will continue to be a place that invests in a future built around these values.