Law schools

Attacking the 'Mismatch' Critique of Affirmative Action

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One of the more influential and controversial studies of affirmative action in recent years came from Richard H. Sander in 2004. The law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles analyzed statistics about black law students and argued that they show that affirmative action hurts them by helping many gain admission to institutions where they are unlikely to be top students.

A Crack in the Dominance of the LSAT?

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U. of Michigan will admit a small number of law students without the normal standardized test. Some see a significant shift. Some see an effort to game the rankings. Michigan sees neither.

Is Affirmative Action in Decline or Out of Control?

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Dueling studies arrive -- one seeing colleges moving away from consideration of race and one drawing attention to the use of race.

Baylor Abandons SAT Payments

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University admits mistake in offering cash to accepted applicants who retook the exam. And U. of Alabama faces scrutiny for paying people to apply to its law school -- also seen as bid to influence U.S. News rankings.

Building a Better Admissions Test

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Berkeley project finds that LSAT doesn't predict success as a lawyer, but other tests -- on which female and minority students score as well as white men -- do.

What You Can't Win in Court

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After you've been called racist by some students, can you sue to get your reputation back?

Writing Lags in Law Schools

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Latest engagement survey suggests a significant number of law school students are not adequately prepared for real-world legal writing.

Using Foucault to Deconstruct Rankings

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Law school officials reveal to sociologists how U.S. News influences their decision making -- not necessarily for the better.

Calling In the Big Guns

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Northwestern president asks colleagues to back law schools' push to end accreditor's requirement on faculty tenure.

Rights for Some People

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Some NYU students question hire of visiting professor from Singapore -- who campaigns to keep gay sex illegal -- to teach human rights.

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