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March 24, 2023

Professor Claims Study Reveals Racial Preferences May Themselves Account for Racial Disparity in Bar Passage Rates

The ABA Journal and Volokh Conspiracy each reported on a controversy surrounding a recent blog post by Richard Sander, a professor at University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.  Prof. Sander asserts that data from a study he and others conducted on 6,500 law students from four law schools shows that students “mis-matched” into more highly ranked law schools due to racial preferences were less likely to pass the bar exam the first time than comparably situated students whose LSAT scores were typical of their classmates.  The first set of results from the study are to be published by the Journal of Legal Education, a quarterly publication of the Association of American Law Schools.

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