Black and Latino Law School Applicants Rise Yet Matriculants Dwindle

11 12 2007

This is so not encouraging.

The number of minority applicants to law school has skyrocketed over the past decade, but the proportion of black and Mexican-American law students has not.

Over the past 15 years, research by Law School professor Conrad Johnson and his clinic notes that as the number of total law school students nationally has risen—with an increase of about 4,000 matriculants—black and Mexican Americans have been applying to law school in constant numbers. These applicants, over time, are performing better on two of the determining factors for law school: grade point averages and Law School Assessment Test scores. But since 1992, the representation of both groups has decreased as a proportion of the population of law school students as a whole.

(H/T: Columbia Spectator)

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