Law school mismatch deserves greater attention

Whenever the subject is racial differences in any field, conclusions are guaranteed to be controversial. No matter how much evidence is presented. Nowhere is this more evident than in the performance of Blacks in law school (“Law-School “Mismatch” Is Worse Than We Thought,” The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, Mar. 15).

Affirmative action was well intentioned, but it has been a disaster for those it was designed to help.  The undergraduate grades and median LSAT scores of enrolled Black students were two standard deviations below those of white students.  As a result, Blacks were six times as likely as whites to take the bar exam multiple times but never pass.

Yet we persist in believing that affirmative action is justified.  I fail to see how Blacks are helped in light of the evidence.

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