2005 The Whitest Law School Report
and Other Law School Rankings Related
to Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Law School
Professor Vernellia Randall

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Chapter 1: Introduction, Methodology and Limitations

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(Based on 2004 ABA/LSAC Information)

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  • When comparing schools for whiteness, it was assumed that all schools pulled from the national pool of applications for the Whiteness Ranking, from the regional pool of applications for the regional rankings. That is, all schools application pool actually reflected 67.6% white.    To the extent that a school is not truly a regional, state or local school then % total whiteness and racial disparities when compared to availability of applicants could be skewed.
  • To the extent that "unknown" is a significant number of minorities, than the percentage of whites will be skewed upwarded and the calculations  will be not be valid for that particular school.
  • However, the  State LSAC application pool nor the Law School age population represent the actual  application pool for a specific school. A school's actual application pool could be very different.
  • State LSAC Application pool reflects the number of persons in the national LSAC pool who listed the named state as their home. While all the applicants from a particular state may not have applied to law school in their state, the number provides a good idea of the available pool.
    • So, for example, Texas Tech has 85.7% white students. In 2002 there was 6797 LSAC applications from the state of Texas. Of those applications, 4043 or 59.5% were from white applicants .   Consequently, the disparity (excess whiteness) between whiteness in the student body and in the state application pool is  26.2 percentage points. That is, based on the LSAC applications from the state, only 59.5% of Texas Tech Student body should be white.
  • For those who object to the methodology here, based on the idea that it does not take into consideration the "pool" of qualified applicants, see Chapter 2 on LSAT and Discrimination.  As practiced in most law schools, the law school admission process is not  an issue of who can do law school and be a competent lawyer. It is mostly a cherry-picking exercise, over applicants who all are capable of being good lawyers if legal education would educate instead of sort.

 

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