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The latest LSSSE report, DIVERSITY WITHIN DIVERSITY: The Varied Experiences Of Asian And Asian American Law Students, provides a compelling view of the law school experiences of six Asian ethnic subgroups. The data presented in this Report comes from the 2016 LSSSE Survey, in which 1,147 respondents identified as Asian, comprising 7% of the LSSSE pool – and about 1-in-7 of all Asian law students in the United States.

Chinese respondents were the largest Asian subgroup (23%), followed by Koreans (19%) and Indians (18%).  Comprising 81% of all Asian respondents, this report will center on the following six groups: Chinese; Filipino; Indian; Japanese; Korean; and Vietnamese.

The experiences of these groups varied, belying prevailing assumptions about the Asian monolith. Their backgrounds, informed in large part by immigration patterns, differed markedly. There were vast disparities in expected law school debt; how they spent their time; and how they perceived the law school experience. In the end, the distinctive aspects of each group manifested.

Noteworthy findings from the report include:

  • Chinese respondents were the largest Asian subgroup (23%), followed by Koreans (19%) and Indians (18%). (Page 6)
  • Almost 60% of Vietnamese respondents were first-generation college graduates. For all other subgroups, the proportion was no more than 25%. (Page 7)
  • Half of Chinese respondents were international students. This was the highest proportion by far; the second-highest being among Indian respondents (24%). (Page 8)
  • About 1-in-3, Chinese respondents had LSAT scores above 160 (roughly an 83rd percentile score or higher), the highest proportion among the six subgroups. Fewer than one-in-11 Vietnamese respondents had scores at this level. (Page 9)
  • More than half of Filipinos expected to owe more than $120,000 from law school – the highest proportion. Only 15% of Chinese respondents expected debt at this level.  (Page 11)
  • Vietnamese respondents were least likely to report feeling as if they were acquiring a broad legal education, with one-in-5 expressing an unfavorable perception. (Page 12)
  • Korean respondents were least likely to state that they would attend the same law school again, with the benefit of hindsight. One-in-4 expressed this measure of regret. (Page 12)