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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Admissions ...

As profs, and especially as prawfs, teaching graduate students, we are rarely involved in college admissions. And yet...we probably should be more knowledgeable and offer more of our input to the process. Much has been written about the recent scandals, but here's my two cents, as quoted in the Los Angeles Times:

Orly Lobel, law professor at the University of San Diego, said it’s a good thing that universities compete to land the best students.

“But if the competition becomes skewed and focused on how to draw those who are wealthy and privileged,” she said, “then we need to stop and remember the reason universities exist: the pursuit of knowledge and truth, education, research and learning.”

And if you are craving some good academic satire these days, read the sequel to Dear Committee Member. It's called The Shakespeare Requirement, about a plot by the chair of the econ department at a midwestern university to annihilate the humanities. It's also about the dignity of a profession dedicate to the pursuit of knowledge, research, and education.


Posted by Orly Lobel on March 19, 2019 at 12:30 PM | Permalink


anon, Carissa Byrne Hessick has previously linked to this paper by Richard Sander: https://www.law.du.edu/documents/denver-university-law-review/v88-4/Sander%20Final_ToPrinter_917.pdf

And she analyzed it here: https://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2018/08/law-schools-as-a-proxy-for-class.html

One of her takeaways: "[T]he study doesn’t show a significant difference between the top 10 law schools and the top 50 law schools. According to the table on page 9, 82% of students at top 10 law schools are in the top quartile of socioeconomic class, as compared to 77% at schools ranked 11-20, and 73% at schools ranked 21-50."

You can read the post that she's responding to, "Classism in Academia" by LawProfBlawg, which also analyzes the Sander study, here: https://abovethelaw.com/2018/08/classism-in-academia/

Posted by: Yesteryear | Mar 19, 2019 1:49:49 PM

are there any good statistics on the socio-economic status of people admitted to law school? of people admitted to the top 10 law schools?

Posted by: anon | Mar 19, 2019 12:32:24 PM

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