Dear student:

This email serves as an invitation for you to participate in a focus-group interview study.  The purpose of the research study is to examine the academic, social, and organizational experience of law school students and identify factors that will improve diversity and equal opportunity for women and minorities in legal education and the profession.  In order to complete this study we will be gathering information through focus groups administered to volunteering students enrolled in the JD programs at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. The focus groups will require approximately 60-90 minutes of your time.  Participants will receive a $40 gift card as a token of appreciation for their time and input at the end of the focus group interview. This is not an experimental study as participants are not involved any form of treatment or intervention.

Your participation is completely voluntary and you reserve the right to withdraw from the study at any time following your agreement to participate. All focus group interviews will be recorded with a digital audio recorder.  All data gathered in the study are considered confidential material and will be kept on a password protected computer in the PI’s office at the University of Memphis.   We will not be gathering identifying data, such as students’ name, birthdate, and U number for research use.  As such, the data we collect will not provide a link to the participants’ identity.  Please be aware that we cannot guarantee confidentiality in focus groups as the participants cannot be required to keep the discussion information and other participant identities confidential.  However we will urge participants to keep other participants’ identities private.

 If you who have been in the JD program for at least one year and are interested in taking part in this study, please contact Dr. Yonghong Jade Xu at the College of Education by email:

 Thank you!


Yonghong Jade Xu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Educational Research

Program Coordinator, Educational Research

Ball Hall 300C

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN 38152

(901) 678-5026


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