Here is a statistical analysis that I conducted using self-reported figures as ascertained from www.lawschoolnumbers.com
. I do not wish to present any conclusive evidence or make any judgments regarding the use of Affirmative Action in law school admissions, I simply wish to provide some numbers that may assist some in making a determination about the issue.
I took the LSAT and GPA scores of the first 9 students who had been accepted to Yale c/o '09, controlling only for under-represented minority status (i.e. URM and non-URM indentification). I consider these scores to be randomized because there is not any order to how the pseudonyms are listed on the website, so I did not deem it necessary to further randomize the pool. Then I calculated the mean scores for each group and computed standard deviation for each group as well. I will not list the names of the students I used from the website in order to protect their anonymity.
URM LSAT mean= 170.7
URM LSAT standard deviation= 4.658
URM GPA mean= 3.895
Non-URM LSAT mean= 175.2
Non-URM LSAT standard deviation= 3.527
Non-URM GPA mean= 3.883
Note: I realize that there is a flaw in the methodology of this statistical analysis in that self-reported scores are subject to inflation or deflation. Therefore, I do not offer this as conclusive evidence of any kind of bias in admissions but the number trend is statistically significant given these limitations.
Feel free to comment or provide any additional insight pertaining to this matter. Thank you.