newyorker88 wrote:wocehtoom wrote:Kronk wrote:wocehtoom wrote:I empathize with your disbelief about the enormous URM boost. Want to see something sick? go to lawschoolpredictor and enter your numbers - then click on the urm box. I pray I can use my law degree to change this kind of baloney
Yeah. Because law school should be forced to only admit white students, right?
law schools should be forced to admit the most qualified applicants irrespective of the color of their skin. You don't solve racism with more racism. You end up with Obama in the White House.
and how do we determine who is "most qualified"?
You determine who is most qualified for African American students the same way you do it for Caucasian students: you test their analytical abilities with the LSAT, check their past academic record to see if there is a trend of academic success, and get letters of recommendation from those who know the applicant. There is also room for a personal statement to highlight past achievements/obstacles that should be taken into consideration when looking at the application. But to assume one applicant has had significant past obstacles because they checked the URM box, and to NOT do so because another applicant is white is completely bogus.
I don't see why it should be any different for one group than it is for others. Things like the quality of the undergraduate school/difficulty of the major/any graduate degrees are all extremely soft factors already and should level the playing field enough that, like most other students, the LSAT/GPA should be the majority of what determines where you'll go to school--not your skin color.