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Tomas Rivera Policy Institute

In a Stanford Law Review article, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) law professor Richard Sander claimed to statistically prove that affirmative action at American law schools actually depressed the number of African Americans who become lawyers by mismatching them at schools where they were in over their heads academically. This policy brief demonstrates that Sander's prediction of a 7.9% net increase in black lawyers if affirmative action ended today is so unlikely that it is essentially impossible. In fact, based on the 2004 admissions data, an annual decline of 30% to 40% in African American attorneys is more likely if affirmative action ended. This policy brief also reviews the key methodological flaws in Sander's study of African Americans in legal education, and also situates Latinos in this analysis. The benefits Sander projects would result from ending affirmative action and shunting underrepresented students to lower-ranked schools are quite speculative. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table, and 41 endnotes.)

Descriptors: Legal Education (Professions), African Americans, Law Schools, Affirmative Action, Lawyers, Hispanic Americans, Access to Education, Equal Education, College Admission, Selective Admission, Racial Factors

Tomas Rivera Policy Institute. University of Southern California, School of Policy, Planning, and Development, Ralph and Goldie Lewis Hall, 650 Childs Way Suite 102, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626. Tel: 213-821-5615; Fax: 213-821-1976; e-mail: info[at]; Web site:

Autor: Kidder, William C.


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