Diversity and Inclusion in Law School and Higher Education


Increasing Diversity Benefits: How Campus Climate and Teaching Methods Affect Student Outcomes

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Issue/Research Brief/Blog

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affirmative action, diversity, admissions


Could law schools act collectively to reform their scholarship practices? Could the ABA reshape those practices by adopting an accreditation standard that limits the award of “merit” based aid? Most commentators have assumed that the answer to these questions is “no” because agreements restricting scholarships would violate the antitrust laws. As we show in this article, however, law schools have at least three routes for pursuing these agreements without risking antitrust liability. If we are serious about promoting access to legal education, we should explore these options for encouraging need-based aid.