UCLA School of Law Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin has been elected to a three-year term on the board of trustees of the Law School Admission Council, the nonprofit organization that administers the Law School Admission Test and runs several initiatives to increase diversity in legal education and the legal profession.
Mnookin is UCLA Law’s Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Professor of Law. She joined the law school’s faculty in 2005 and has served as dean since 2015.
During her tenure as dean, Mnookin has been a leader in a number of statewide and national diversity efforts regarding law school admissions and the bar exam, including drives to lower the passing score on California’s bar exam. As the COVID-19 crisis has disrupted bar exam administrations nationwide, she has advocated for graduating law students who seek to practice law under provisional licenses.
“Law school admissions policies have great impact on the profession and who becomes a part of it,” Mnookin says. “I am honored to have this opportunity to help guide LSAC as it seeks to advance the goals of fairness, diversity and high professional standards in admissions and the profession.”
An expert in forensic evidence and member of the American Law Institute and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Mnookin founded and serves as the faculty co-director of PULSE @ UCLA Law (the Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence). She has advised the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology and Law and the steering committee of the Association of American Law Schools’ Deans Forum.