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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rosin: Historically Black Law Schools and the ABA

Gary S. Rosin (South Texas), Historically Black Law Schools and the ABA (The Faculty Lounge):

In Down-Market Diversity and Bar Passage, I discussed how minority students, particularly Black/African-American, generally have lower LSAT scores than do White/Caucasian students. I also discussed how law schools near the bottom of the market of law students tend to enroll minorities with LSAT scores than more elite law schools. This is particularly true for Historically Black Law Schools. Based on the average LSAT 25th percentiles for the Fall 2006 through Fall 2009 entering classes of mainland law schools, the bottom four schools were Florida A&M (142.50), Southern (142.75), North Carolina Central (143.50) and Texas Southern (145.00), while District of Columbia (148.75) and Howard (149.25) were grouped around the 15th percentile. ...

As I discuss in my April 2011 comments to the ABA, Endangered: Historically Black Law Schools (SSRN) (revised version, dated May 24, 2010, in process at SSRN), a 10% below first-time Bar passage rate was the measure used by the ABA before the adoption of Interpretation 301–6. Efforts by the Historically Black Law Schools (“HBLS”) to meet the “10% below” minimum by increasing the LSATs of entering students are associated with decreases in the enrollment of Black/African-American students at HBLSs. ...

The best example is The University of the District of Columbia--David A. Clarke School of Law ("UDC"). ... As shown in the following chart, from 1998 through 2005, the LSAT 25th percentile of UDC’s entering classes rose from a low of 138 to 149. At the same time, the proportion of entering students that were Black/African-American fell from almost 70% to a low of about 25% (it has since recovered to about 30%).

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I think this is somewhat misleading. UDC is not really an HBC but a public institution designed to serve the poorer (albeit largely Black) population of the District of Columbia. It's apples and oranges to compare it to the other schools here.

Posted by: mike livingston | May 26, 2011 6:02:45 AM