Study Details Obstacles Confronting Minority Law Students

, The National Law Journal


Diversity may be a priority for some law schools, but minority law students still face a harder road to a juris doctor than their white counterparts, according to an article in the latest edition of the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy.

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  • Diverjm

    Presumably there are lots of obstacles that make it more difficult for poor minority students to get into law school,and there are presumably lots of obstacles to finding a good legal job after law school graduation.

    However, I am not buying the point of the article or the research ,that minorities do not do well because they are not treated fairly. If everybody's is treated the same,there should be no complaints. Society will not be helped any by lowering the standards that are used to measure preformance in professional schools.

  • Allan

    This is absurd.

    1. There are large populations of "minority" students in law schools
    2. There are plenty of faculty.
    3. The only racism is in the admission of "minority" students who are dramatically less qualified than other students, which is precisely why they don't do well.

    Until the 60s, Jews had been systematically discriminated against in all major law schools. Once they began to be admitted, there were no Jewish faculty to teach Jewish law courses or courses on anti-semitism, they just blended into the schools and took what everyone else took. And they did phenomenally well with baby sitters, hand holding, psychological counseling, special courses to make them feel good.

    There is a reason there are disproportionately more blacks and hispanics in the major leagues, NBA, NFL, hip hop, etc. And there are equally good reasons they don't do well in law school, med school, science grad school, etc. It is simply that some ethniic and racial types are good at some things, and bad at others.

    Black and hispanic students have had more coddling, therapy, custom designed courses and rmeedial resources available than any other students in history. If they still can't do well, look in the mirror.

    This is shoddy research done by some racially biased students who seek reasons other than their own weaknesses to explain their failures. It is precisely because there are more "minority" students in law schools than merit would justify, and because htere are too many black professors who treat law as politics, and too many journals catering to academically weak students because of their race, that this sort of shoddy "legal research" is being published.

    Ms. Sloan herself should know better and should have done more than be spoon fed by a few angry kids who are doing badly in schools to which they never should have been admitted, for a profession that is ill suited to their skill sets, or lack of them.

    Law ultimately is about meeting the needs of clients, and society is ill served by the admission of poorly equipped lawyers out of misplaced guilt. This isn't about diveristy, its about guilt and the resulting aberrations in the profession caused by it.

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