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Justice in the Courtroom

April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in criminology, law

Running Head : Under representation of racial minorities







Racial minorities have been discriminated against for a very long time in almost all spheres of social life . In no other profession have the racial minorities been so underrepresented . According to , US Census Bureau (2001 ) racial minorities ‘ lawyers represent less than 7 of all lawyers in the U .S . African Americans and the Hispanic people , the majority group amongst the minority groups in the U .S continue to be unfairly treated in the face [banner_entry_middle]

of law and the legal system , an avenue seen as able to bring about unfair and unjust treatment . This addresses the issues surrounding the under representation of racial minority groups in the U .S in the legal system as well as the peremptory challenge

There exists a myriad of explanations as to the causes and implications of under representation . Theories related to social capital , culture stereotypes , as well as human capital have all been advanced in an attempt to explain the situation . The under representation can be attributed to among other factors , the low number of minority groups joining in law schools , as well as the number of minority groups being admitted under the American Bar Association , Barker (2005

The under-representation of racial minority groups can be termed as pathetic on account of the fact that , racial minorities constitute well above 30 percent of the American population . It makes a lot of sense to have every race represented well in the legal profession since the race issue has dominated court cases in US for a very long time . It is worthy mentioning that , the American population has been faced with the racial discrimination problem since independence and the legal system is seen as the arbitrator . Racism is still common in the U .S although it has significantly dropped today , compared to the 1960 ‘s . It makes legal sense to have the racial minority represented by lawyers from their communities in legal cases

The justice system is an area which requires confidence from all sides as this is critical in all arbitration between groups and it serves to ensure fairness to all . In a population as diverse as the American society , the legal system plays a central role and therefore its conduct can add to the interracial tensions if not well handled . The surest way to guarantee fairness in the legal justice system is the equal representation of race and ethnicity in the legal profession . The under representation needs to be addressed by the education system and especially in the lower grades such as elementary and college levels That is because career decisions are shaped at this level . If racial minority is encouraged , the people from the racial minorities are likely to pursue the legal profession as a career path

The law schools can play a big role by ensuring that they admit more and more students from racial minority groups into the schools which will eventually see such individuals admitted into the… [banner_entry_footer]


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