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ERIC Number: EJ780752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul-12
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Cause for Action
Roach, Ronald
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v24 n11 p16-19 Jul 2007
Advocates for a more inclusive legal profession are worried about the recent decline in enrollment of Black students in law school. According to the American Bar Association (ABA), Blacks were 7.4 percent of all law students in 1994. By 2005, that percentage had fallen to just 6.6. Several law journal articles have suggested that the schools themselves are one driving force behind the slumping enrollment. As the schools seek to improve their rankings by admitting students with higher Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) scores, more Blacks are missing the cut. The ABA has also been named as a culprit. Many diversity advocates say the ABA, which is sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Education to handle the accreditation of law schools, has unduly pressured schools to raise minimum LSAT scores. Yet, ABA officials maintain that there is no minimum LSAT requirement. Even with the slight increase in the number of admitted Black students between 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, organizations like the National Bar Association continue to seek concrete remedies to ensure progress in minority admission and graduation rates. Leonard M. Baynes, a law professor at St. John's University School of Law and the director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development who launched the Ronald H. Brown Summer Pre-Law Program in 2005 and helped publish several scholarly articles about law school admissions practices and the schools' reliance on LSAT scores, has played an instrumental role in examining law school admissions practices.
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Language: English
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