ERIC Number: ED160655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Procedures for Facilitating the Admission of Blacks to Law School.
Uhl, Norman P.; Pratt, Linda K.
The Law School at North Carolina Central University faced the dual problem of improving student performance on the bar examination while maintaining a large percentage of black students. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) was found to be the single best predictor of student performance on the bar examination. However, if only the students scoring over 400 were considered, the LSAT was no longer a useful predictor. Several alternative admissions were investigated, each involving a pool of students with LSAT scores above a certain level. A set of predictor variables was established, including third and fourth year undergraduate grade point averages, undergraduate English average, LSAT score, and scores combining LSAT and undergraduate grade point average. These variables were correlated with three success criteria: first year law school grade point average, third year law school grade point average, and whether the student passed the bar examination in any state. The LSAT score was found to be the best single predictor of success. Since this selection process would still produce a pool of more applicants than could be admitted, the use of additional predictor variables is discussed. However, the active recruitment of black applicants and the use of a cutoff on LSAT scores are encouraged. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Law School Admission Test; North Carolina Central University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)