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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


The United States has an increasing number of Latinos coming into the country, but Latinos seem to remain under represented in the field of Criminal Justice. According to the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the United States Latino population is 18 percent. Meanwhile, Latinos make up less than 2 percent of all lawyers in the United States. Does that mean Latinos are not becoming lawyers due to the high price of law school and/or discrimination? After researching sources such as NBC News, the ABA Journal, Equal Rights Advocates, and the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA), Latinos have the opportunity to become a lawyer in the legal system. The problem that continues to arise for many Latinos wanting to pursue this career, is that it is lengthy process and the cost of tuition is high. It seems that this unfavorable factor of high tuition costs makes it challenging for Latinos wishing to pursue this career.

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