The gleaming Gothic-style buildings of the University of Michigan Law School bring to mind a bygone era in education and American society.
A glance at the incoming class reflects that as well. This fall, there were just 14 African-Americans among 315 students admitted by the law school. There were three times more Asian-Americans enrolled there, while white students were a clear majority of the new group of potential lawyers.
Sarah Zearfoss, the director of admissions and an assistant dean at the law school, has tried all manner of tactics to boost African-American enrollment, which stood at 25 out of 369 students seven years ago.