The Law: Learning the White Man's Law

"A black law student is a strange animal," says Norbert Simmons, a Negro in his first year at Boston University Law School. "He has to learn to use the very things that have been used against him. It's a tremendous strain to go completely establishmentarian for three years." As one result, many of the most promising black students drop out before earning their degrees.

Too few are taking their places—not only for lack of money, but also because young Negroes commonly distrust the law in practice. Many see it in terms of white police...

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