The Law School Admission Test also known as LSAT, is a test designed to admit students in LAW schools in United States, Canada and many other countries worldwide.
According to a study termed as “The Marginalization of Black Aspiring Lawyers” it was found that Black people are given less priorities for admission through LSAT. Even though they study the same LSAT Prep books, answers the same questions and get the same numbers but their admission numbers are marginal.
This study was published in the Florida International Law University review. It was found that white students having the same marks gets more offers of admission then black students. The black students also get low need based financial help/support as compared to white students.
According to the executive director of the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence and the author, Aaron Taylor it is a way of reducing diversity in Law schools. This is reducing the admission of black students and even forcing them to take admission in low grade schools. This also raises a question on the use of exam and how a student can get a good and prosperous career ahead if this type of racism is done while admission on these top level exams.
According to most of the sponsors, LSAT is a model which makes students clear their first year easily but some of them raises a question on how success of a Law student can be predicted. As for practicing Law every student has to give BAR exam and pass it to start their own Law practice.
Aaron Taylor also wrote in his study that Law schools are abide to give good lawyers and successful leaders in future. The first year is just a way ahead to be a lawyer from a simple student with no aim. But the main and the fundamental thinking for a Law school is to give future leaders who can think for humanity and the country.
Melissa Harris thrisk opinion on Taylor’s study
You must have heard of Melissa Harris Thirsk, the vice president and chief marketing officer of the Law School Admissions Council. She is also the head of organisation which sponsors the LSAT exams. She disputes Taylor’s conclusion and says that there are other factors which are responsible for lower admission of Black students in Law schools through LSAT and Law schools are not discriminating among black and white students.
She also told that according to Taylor study black students got lower marks than Asian and white students and black students are also always used to submit application after submit time is over. Apart from this black student are also older at the time of getting application which gives more room for other ones to get admission. However, Thrisk also said that Law schools give more weightage to the LSAT exams as is it one of the most important criteria to get more good rankings in well-known publications.
It was also said that Taylor’s study is more focused on behaviour of Law schools in US News and world report rankings whereas sometimes Law schools fail to understand that rankings are often based on choosing wider range of LSAT scorers.
College Rankings are publically given out by US news and world Report organisation which acts as a deciding factor for Law school students to apply to these colleges. It was noted that council supports and provide free education and preparation consultation to minority applicants from small Law schools.
An Alternative to LSAT:-
This concern by Taylor might be new and recent and getting lot of interaction but in the Law schools of Harvard, Georgetown, and Northwestern, Graduate record Examinations are being used from 2017 for admissions in place of LSAT. This Graduate record Examinations are even more friendly to students than LSAT.