Can someone shed some light? 18% of Penn Law Incoming class identifies as LGBTQ

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ModestMewtwo

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Can someone shed some light? 18% of Penn Law Incoming class identifies as LGBTQ

Postby ModestMewtwo » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:07 pm

It seems strange for a minority group to have such high representation at a law school. Most estimates suggest people who identify as LGBTQ are maybe 6-10% of the general population. 18% indicates overrepresentation in a strictly statistical sense.

Does Penn simply receive an inordinately high number of qualified GLBT applicants? Or are they attempting to over-represent them within their student body?

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Re: Can someone shed some light? 18% of Penn Law Incoming class identifies as LGBTQ

Postby 4LTsPointingNorth » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:14 pm

Any fair and reasonable speculation on this should presume that Penn made its admissions decisions independently from any desire to curate the number of LGBTQ-identifying individuals in its incoming class.

Even if Penn was mindful of that metric in evaluating otherwise-qualified applicants, Penn only gets to choose who to admit (and not who ultimately decides to matriculate). So this is likely just a year where a larger than representative proportion of individuals who identify as LGBTQ happened to choose to attend Penn for any number of possible reasons.

I really don't think you can derive any credible indicators of anything else from an isolated data point like the incoming class profile of just one year's incoming class. You would need to compare incoming class profiles for a number of years and compare those trends to trends from comparable law schools in order to even begin being able to draw any credible inferences.



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