Do affirmative action admissions policies at the nation's elite law schools cruelly ensure that many black students with more modest academic preparation will be washed out of the competitionand maybe out of a legal career altogetherwhile they might have succeeded if left to enroll at less demanding schools?
Researcher Richard Sander thinks so, and as Heather Mac Donald reports in City Journal, his studies show a troubling disparity of actual law school performance.
Pursuing these hypotheses, Sander has asked the State Bar of California for data to test them, since its files have
Then a platoon of law school deans paid the bar a little visit. Suddenly, the bar changed its tune. It threw up obstacle after obstacle, claiming that the study was an anti-affirmative-action ploy and would violate student privacy.
Sander, who is seeking statistical data, not student identities, has been forced to file suit against the State Bar under the California Public Records Act. But Mac Donald reports that meanwhile some confirming data may emerge from another quarter.