Skills and Learning Outcomes


Predicting First-year Law School Performance: The Influences of Race, Gender, and Undergraduate Major

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date



assessment, gender, race, diversity-education


We use regression analysis and proprietary data from three top 30 law schools to test the relationships of race, gender, and undergraduate major to first-year law school performance, as measured by law school grade point average at the end of the first year. We conclude that, all else equal: (1) Non-white students perform worse than white students, (2) Women on average do as well as men, though non-white women do worse than both white and non-white men, and (3) For the most part, undergraduate major has no relationship to first-year law school performance.