Law School Admissions

Title

Are Law Schools Engines of Inequality?

Document Type

Law Review Article

Publication Date

4-2019

Keywords

scholarships and grants, tuition, law school diversity, law school rankings, socioeconomic status, race, Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE)

Abstract

"In 'Robin Hood in Reverse,' Professor Aaron Taylor examined an important problem: how the cycle of rising law school tuition and expanding merit scholarships damages the pipeline of opportunity for aspiring lawyers and reinforces the social 'eliteness' of legal education. Taylor directs the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE), which gathers data on the experiences of thousands of law students each year, and he is in a good position to shed light on the important problems he examines. He advanced some bold claims which deserve careful consideration. Professor Taylor has generously shared with me the LSSSE data he used in his analysis. Working with these and other data, I evaluate Taylor's arguments and analyze what we can reliably say about how law school scholarship programs have evolved and how they function today." (p. 243)

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