The Regional LSAC Pool  and Excess Whiteness 


EW OverviewThe LSAC applicant pool included 10 LSAC regions. Regional whiteness was calculated by adding the total applications for the states in the region; the total white applicants for the states in the region; and dividing total white applicants by total applicants. The table identifies the Whiteness in the regional applicant pool.  Excess Whiteness for a school is calculated by subtracting the percentage of white students in the first-year enrollment for 2017 through 2019 from the percentage of white students in the regional applicant pool. The Midwest had the Whitest applicant pool (84%) and the Far West had the least White applicant pool (40%).

Of the 200 law schools in this report, 119 (59.5%) had more White students in their first-year class than in their regional LSAC application pool. Of the 119 law schools with Excess Whiteness, the minimum number of Excess Whiteness points was 1. The maximum number of Excess Whiteness points was 36. The mean (average) number of Excess Whiteness points was 6.6. Half the schools had fewer than 2.5 Excess Whiteness points.


Region Name States in Region  Whiteness
in Applicant Pool 
Far West Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada  41%
Great Lakes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin  76%
Midsouth Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia  70%
Midwest Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota  84%
Mountain West Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming  76%
New England Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont  77%
Northeast  New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania  66%
Northwest Oregon, Washington  73%
South Central Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas  58%
Southeast Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Puerto Rico  50%