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January 8, 2010


NY Times - While law schools added about 3,000 seats for first-year students from 1993 to 2008, both the percentage and the number of black and Mexican-American law students declined in that period, according to a study by a Columbia Law School professor.

What makes the declines particularly troubling, said the professor, Conrad Johnson, is that in that same period, both groups improved their college grade-point averages and their scores on the Law School Admission Test, or L.S.A.T.

Hispanics other than Mexicans and Puerto Ricans made slight gains in law school enrollment.

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Blogger m said...

The educational establishment is well know for continuing to overproduce graduates in fields that are already more than saturated.

The current employment picture is poor for even top ranked law school graduates. Latinos and blacks may just be getting a great favor in the guise of de facto discrimination.

January 8, 2010 8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they just wised up to the law-school-as-a-ticket-to-success racket.

January 9, 2010 1:29 AM  
Anonymous out of the time that was said...

There are of course exceptions...Ramsey Clark annd Barry Scheck And Peter Neufeld... but overall lawyers are known for getting together to split the jack and sell the losing client out. And that's how you get to be a judge or a senator or a president.
I came back from the war and I took my B.A. and I told my Dad I was considering law school. He gave me that John Wayne squinting-into-the-sun look and he said, "Well son. if you're going to rob people. I'd just as soon you bought a gun."

January 9, 2010 7:43 PM  
Blogger me said...

As someone currently applying to law school, under-represented minorities are granted substantial favoritism in at least admissions. Candidates with significantly lower scores than then there non-minority counterparts are accepted to very prestigious but extremely competitive schools.

The favoritism ends after the admission process. The artificial boost in getting in to law school leaves students in schools where their peers, whose standards (without the favoritism and thus higher admission requirements) can out compete them. It is little wonder why under-represented minorities loose interest and leave law schools.

January 10, 2010 11:44 AM  
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January 10, 2010 9:04 PM  
Anonymous GOD said...

The federal government and their lackeys are dominated by a bunch of pathetically weak-minded losers who happen to believe political corruption is a constitutionally protected religion. Eventually they will lose power and influence in the US gov't., as they have in the real world . The question is, how much irrevocable damage they will have done to civilisation in the meantime. For Israel's sake and for ours, let's try to limit that. AIPAC needs a hard lesson from those of us who actually care about god and humanity.

January 10, 2010 9:18 PM  

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