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legalize:
Why do we even need this URM bull?  Do we really need to accept people that are less qualified?  Does the workforce really prefer inferior lawyers?  How are you entitled to gain an advantage from something that you had no power to control?  Should we be more lenient when it comes to admitting down syndrome folks?  Perhaps autistics ones?  Thoughts?  I feel like this affirmative action system is preventing the US from producing the best lawyers possible.

like_lasagna:
If you look it up, there was actually a professor at UCLA who found that accepting URM students to better schools actually results in less URM lawyers because students are more likely to be overmatched at their school and drop out (this obviously isn't true of a student who would go to Chicago and instead is going to Yale, but it is true of students in the T3/T4 range).

That said, it isn't all about the students. Schools themselves have an interest in diverse campuses. There's a reason why private schools, who are under no law or obligation to give special status to URM students, continue to do so: it helps their reputation as a school. Race may be a somewhat generic way to promote diversity, but it is one way.

like_lasagna:
Also, quit sounding like an angry white person.

Burning Sands, Esq.:

--- Quote from: legalize on January 21, 2011, 03:35:31 PM ---Why do we even need this URM bull?  Do we really need to accept people that are less qualified?  Does the workforce really prefer inferior lawyers?  How are you entitled to gain an advantage from something that you had no power to control?  Should we be more lenient when it comes to admitting down syndrome folks?  Perhaps autistics ones?  Thoughts?  I feel like this affirmative action system is preventing the US from producing the best lawyers possible.

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IrrX:

--- Quote from: legalize on January 21, 2011, 03:35:31 PM ---Why do we even need this URM bull?  Do we really need to accept people that are less qualified?  Does the workforce really prefer inferior lawyers?  How are you entitled to gain an advantage from something that you had no power to control?  Should we be more lenient when it comes to admitting down syndrome folks?  Perhaps autistics ones?  Thoughts?  I feel like this affirmative action system is preventing the US from producing the best lawyers possible.

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As an aside, it's your contention that non-white students are being admitted to schools they don't deserve to be in, right? But they're graduating. And we all know that law school exams aren't adjusted for race or subject to AA. And neither is the bar. So, what is it about exceeding your underestimation of their abilities that's their fault?

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