Volume 3

Asian Americans in the Legal Academy: An Empirical and Narrative Profile

by Pat K. Chew

Although scholars have researched law faculty in general, and some underrepresented groups in particular, Asian American law faculty as a group have been overlooked until now. In this Article, the author argues that the increasing numbers of Asian Americans in legal academia make it both more important and more feasible to study the background characteristics of Asian American law faculty. She explores the demographic, educational, and employment patterns of Asian American law faculty, and she includes reflective comments of other Asian American law faculty to give voice to the faculty represented among the data. Her research reveals that Asian American law faculty tend to be as “qualified” or even “overqualified” when compared to other faculty, yet underrepresented in comparison to the relatively high number of Asian American law students who form the available labor pool. She speculates that discrimination may account for this underrepresentation, and for the channeling of Asian American law faculty into a limited number of subject areas, as well as the apparent gender bias which disfavors Asian American women in law faculty hiring and promotion.


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June 2011

Volume 18

Volume 18 was produced during the 2010-2011 school year.

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