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h Thernstrom Stephan The Scandal of the Law Schools Commentary December 1997 v104 n6 p27 5 This journal article explores affirmative action in law school admissions Linda F Wrightman while service as vice president of the Law School Admissions Council did a study of 90000 applicants for 1990-1991 law school admissions She used this data to reflect that affirmative action is positive However taking a second glance at the same data it actually reflects some negative aspects of affirmative action It was discovered that African American applicants were far more likely to be unprepared academically and they also flunked the bar exam at higher rates Stephan Thernstrom a professor at Harvard University explores Wrightmans data furthers and includes his own interpretation The data that Linda Wrightman collected from 1990-91 black law school applicants showed that 80 percent had grades and test scores that if they had been white would have led to their being rejected by the schools that admitted them Actually the grades and scores of black students admitted through affirmative action were very low Their undergraduate grade point averages put them in the bottom 16 percent of all law students and their LSAT scores were in the bottom tenth Also visible in her data there are two other patterns First black applicants received a heavier preference than people of other racial backgrounds who also came under the affirmative action umbrella Second the better the law school the bigger boost it gave to black applicants At the most selective and prestigious schools 175 times as many black students were admitted as would have been the case if academic qualifications alone were taken into account Although Wightmans data very clearly showed that black students were weighted very differently than whites this does not mean that affirmative action is all bad It does offer a minority groups a chance to succeed in a society that is dominated by white people Even
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