LSAT Optional School Reaction to Hopwood

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Archived
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University Testing

The Massachusetts School of Law, which does not require any applicants to submit scores from the Law School Admissions Test, released a statement on the impacts of Hopwood and Proposition 209 which analyzes the fundamental problem:

 

"Recent reports and comments on statistics from California and Texas law schools showing a dramatic drop in minority enrollment following the end of affirmative action programs have failed to address a key point -- it's not the demise of affirmative action programs that is the problem, it is the way law schools select students. When the schools insist on using standardized test scores as the key criteria for weeding out applicants, minorities, the poor and working class candidates will always fail to make the cut. The first step to a diversified student body is to throw out the standardized tests results and to start looking at the students as individuals."