Saturday, August 5, 2017

"Lock her up" the Trump fans cheered at Thursday evening's Trump rally in West Virginia. The bases of this ugliness are complex. Whites have long acquiesced in segregation and blatant discrimination against Black people. But no such tolerance is shown for affirmative action. At Fordham we definitely look to recruit
minority students and faculty. African American and Hispanic faculty are well represented and strongly credentialed. But we are below the norm on student body diversity.

Why? Fordham is a competitive school admitting about 1/3 of applicants. Median LSAT scores of matriculated J.D. students are about 165 - in the top 10% of test takers. That sharply limits the number of minority students because as explained below, few score very high. - gwc
"Students seeking admission to the nation's highest-ranked law schools such as Yale, Harvard, and Stanford have a mean LSAT score of about 170. Data obtained by JBHE from the Law School Admission Council shows that very few blacks nationwide score at this level.
In 2004, 10,370 blacks took the LSAT examination. Only 29 blacks, or 0.3 percent of all LSAT test takers, scored 170 or above. In contrast, more than 1,900 white test takers scored 170 or above on the LSAT. They made up 3.1 percent of all white test takers. Thus whites were more than 10 times as likely as blacks to score 170 or above on the LSAT. There were 66 times as many whites as blacks who scored 170 or above on the test.
Even if we drop the scoring level to 165, a level equal to the mean score of students enrolling at law schools ranked in the top 10 nationwide but not at the very top, we still find very few blacks. There were 108 blacks scoring 165 or better on the LSAT in 2004. They made up 1 percent of all black test takers. For whites, there were 6,689 test takers who scored 165 or above. They made up 10.6 percent of all white students who took the LSAT examination.
The nation's top law schools could fill their classes exclusively with students who scored 165 or above on the LSAT. But if they were to do so, these law schools would have almost no black students."…/51_graduate_admissions_test.html

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