ERIC Number: ED191351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Law School Admissions Study.
Brown, Susan E.; Marenco, Eduardo, Jr.
Law school admission of minorities, and in particular Hispanics, is addressed, based on results of a study of California law schools and analyses of current trends and alternative admission and testing approaches. Information obtained on current admissions procedures in American Bar Association-approved California law schools led to the conclusion that minority enrollment, especially Hispanic enrollment, will not likely increase. This conclusion rests on the findings that admissions decisions, for the most part, are based on GPA/LSAT scores; it is suggested that minority applicants tend to have lower GPA/LSAT scores than their white peers. Additionally, the issues involved in professional school admissions are examined, and constitutional means for facilitating minority access to professions from which certain groups have been historically underrepresented or even excluded are explored. Alternative admissions standards and a model bar review program are proposed. The Bakke decision, issues relating to testing and psychometrics, sociological and historical perspectives on minority access to higher education, demographic data, and retentive and supportive systems for special admittees are considered. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admission Criteria, Affirmative Action, College Entrance Examinations, Competitive Selection, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Educational Opportunities, Grade Point Average, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Law Schools, Minority Groups, Models, Professional Education, Selective Admission
Law School Admissions Study, MALDEF, 28 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bakke v Regents of University of California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Law School Admission Test