Wednesday, May 25, 2011
For law schools near the bottom of the market for law students—those with lower LSAT profiles of entering classes—diversity often means taking minority students at high risk of failing the Bar.
The mean LSAT scores (and standard deviations) of the largest racial and ethnic groups for the 2009-2010 testing year were:
LSAT Testing Year 2009-2010
Means and Standard Deviations, by Ethnicity
Asian/Pacific Islander 152.4 10.74 Black/African-American 142.0 8.74 Hispanic/Latino 146.4 9.65 White/Caucasian 152.9 9.33
One would expect that the schools with highest LSAT profiles would enroll minority students with the highest LSATs. As schools above them take the higher-LSAT students, law schools with lower LSAT profiles would only be able to enroll minority students with increasingly lower LSAT scores. As discussed in The LSAT- free Illusion, those students are at increasingly higher risk of failing the Bar. ...Law schools at the bottom of the market for law students must often choose between diversity and maintaining Bar passage rates by trying to raise the LSAT scores of entering students. Here the first clause of Standard 212 comes into play: the commitment to diversity must be “[c]onsistent with sound legal education policy and the Standards”.