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5 Ways Affirmative Action has Lowered the Standards for Law Students
No matter what law school or education you decide on, affirmative action can be a major factor as to whether you get in or not. Affirmative action was first brought about in the 60’s to help give minority students a chance at entering the same schools as their white counterparts. However, today the laws surrounding it have astounding results as detailed in part by UCLA law professor Rick Sander (link). His study found several disturbing results which are listed below.
- Poorer grades – Although students of various races who are admitted to a law school based on the same criteria do the same, those given preferential treatment were found by the study to have lower grades in law school. According to the study, average black students were found to have first-year grades comparable to a white student at the 7th or 8th percentile.
- Lower bar exam pass rates – Every law student knows the bar can be an immensely difficult exam for any student. Only 45 percent of black law students in the study were able to pass the bar on their first attempt while Professor Sandler estimated that without affirmative action, the number would rise to 74 percent.
- Not many more black law students – Even with preferential treatment, the study estimates that 86 percent of blacks who apply for law school would have been admitted anyway, regardless of any affirmative action policies.
- Fewer lawyers – All this affirmative action may have good intentions, but it actually seems to be hurting the number of black law school students who go on to be lawyers. The total number of blacks who became lawyers dropped 7.9 percent, according to the study.
- Unseen effects – Although all of the above can be measured on some scale, there really is no way to measure the impact a law school student who was admitted mainly because of affirmative action will react to entering a school where their peers are more qualified.
Effects on these student’s learning, motivation, and goals can all be affected in all sorts of unseen ways.
Shelby Crockett has been a Paralegal for 9 years and owns the site How to Become a Paralegal. Her site helps students find the right paralegal school