Tamar Lewin of the New York Times reported yesterday that even though LSAT and GPAs have increased amongst blacks and Mexicans, and even though law schools added about 3,000 seats for first-year students, “both the percentage and the number of black and Mexican-American law students declined” during 1993-2008. The claim is based on a recently released study from Columbia Law School.
“The Columbia study found that among the 46,500 law school matriculants in the fall of 2008, there were 3,392 African-Americans, or 7.3 percent, and 673 Mexican-Americans, or 1.4 percent. Among the 43,520 matriculants in 1993, there were 3,432 African-Americans, or 7.9 percent, and 710 Mexican-Americans, or 1.6 percent. The study, whose findings are detailed at the Web site A Disturbing Trend in Law School Diversity, relied on the admission council’s minority categories, which track Mexican-Americans separately from Puerto Ricans and Hispanic/Latino students.”
Read the full article here.