The Color of Law

27 02 2015

Buffalo, New York

Bloomberg Business:

The First Two Law Schools to Drop the LSAT Could Be Just the Beginning

Some schools are eliminating the standard exam requirement in order to make it easier for top students to get into their programs

Two law schools said this month that they would begin accepting applicants who have not taken the Law School Admissions Test, a move that may help curb weak interest and plunging enrollments in law schools across the country. The State University of New York-Buffalo Law School and the University of Iowa College of Law said they would admit students from their respective undergraduate colleges based on their grade point average and scores on standardized tests other than the LSAT.

“Taking the LSAT is a pain, and it is expensive,” says James Gardner, dean of SUNY Buffalo’s law school. The test comes with a $170 fee, often in addition to months-long prep courses and tutoring that can cost thousands of dollars. “This is just a way to identify strong-performing students based on perfectly rational criteria that don’t involve the LSAT,” Gardner says.

If the LSAT is g-loaded, then the real reason for this is very similar for the reason why a lot of undergrad schools are making the SAT/ACT optional for admissions. Because diversity. High scorers will self-report to impress the admissions committee, NAMs won’t because they’re NAMs. Therefore, you’ll have a Freshman class that has both a very high SAT/ACT average and high NAM diversity. The dirty little secret is that you’re supposed to walk away thinking the NAMs contributed to the high SAT/ACT average, but they didn’t. Likewise, I think making the LSAT optional for law school is a means to be able to slip more NAMs in.

Currier says doing away with the test might draw people to a career in law who would otherwise go to business or medical school.

Because we’re really suffering for a lack of lawyers.

It Doesn’t Take a Genius to Come to This Conclusion

11 02 2015


National Law Journal:

Law School Diversity Improves—But Only at the Bottom

The percentage of African-American and Hispanic students enrolled in law school increased between 2010 and 2013, but those gains came almost exclusively at less prestigious law schools with lower admission standards, according to new research.

Aaron Taylor, an assistant professor at the Saint Louis University School of Law, examined application trends, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores and enrollment figures for minority and white students in both 2010 and 2013. He hoped to better understand how the dramatic downturn in law school applications nationwide has affected diversity.

He found that law schools at the bottom of the prestige ladder—those with the lowest median LSAT scores for incoming students—have relied disproportionately on African-American and Hispanic students to fill their classes. That shift may have served as an economic lifeline for law schools during a difficult period, but bolstered the racial stratification that already existed. Elite law schools with higher median LSAT scores actually saw a proportional decrease in African-American and Hispanic students between 2010 and 2013, Taylor found.

“You’ve got more black and Hispanic students attending schools that are considered less prestigious in 2013,” he said of his paper, “ Diversity As A Law School Survival Strategy,” which will appear in the Saint Louis University Law Review.

Aaron Taylor:


I was right.  It didn’t take a genius to come to this conclusion.

Water Under the Bridge and Over the Horizon

4 11 2014

Downtown West

SLPD rolls out the diversity recruitment effort du jour.

In response, State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed said that maybe there should be a law enforcement career themed charter school in the city.

Too late, dear.  The SLPOA wanted to start one a number of years back, but it could neither find a sponsor nor get state approval.

Get Ready, ‘Cause Here Chris Comes

1 10 2014


Today, it’s talk.

But all that talk is a run-up to this.

Which is the only thing that can really be done to solve this “problem.”

Plain ole affirmative action won’t work, because the Ferguson P.D. already does it.  It’s just that you can lead a horse to love, but you can’t make him fall.

Proposition Nation P.D.

15 09 2014

Maryland Heights

The northwestern St. Louis County suburb serves as an introductory backdrop to an AP story about too few non-white cops.  Some of this confirms what I’ve said here over and over.

Really now, the only way any of these undesirable goals are going to be achieved is if police and law enforcement hiring standards for non-whites are dropped down to the rock bottom, including letting people with adult felony convictions become cops, if departments and agencies are massively consolidated to eliminate the pay and salary gap, and if blacks and other non-whites are given near-total exemption from criminal law.

Here Come The Judges

24 08 2014

North County

P-D investigation into the lack of blacks on St. Louis County municipal P.D.s (not county the County Browns) in municipalities that are least 10% black in terms of population.  Toward the end they accidentally stumble on the right reason, that hardly any apply, and you know why.

That said, now I think I know what the official putsch is going to be.

Using the Federal courts to do to local police departments what they did to school districts a long time ago.

Most of us think that all they did, the Federal judiciary, was order forced busing and deseg within a school district.

Actually in some cases it went a lot further: In St. Louis, there was an order of a voluntary deseg program between districts, and in Kansas City, they ordered a massive spending program for the KCPS and ordered that the KCPS allow white suburban students to enroll (but thankfully, not the other way around), the genesis of the olympic swimming pools and the model UN discussion halls.

“But Blogmeister, we know that, too.”

Okay, but I bet you don’t know this, which turns out to be relevant to the whole Ferguson hullabaloo:

At one point in the 1970s, the Federal courts in St. Louis ordered the subsumation of the then all black Kinloch school district into what was then a mostly white Ferguson-Florissant school district, and then an “internal” deseg program within the new larger district.

So add this all together, and what do I predict?

If, for example, the Ferguson P.D. only has three blacks and one patrol-level black in a department of 53, and that won’t change because blacks won’t apply, then the Federal courts will either start merging municipal police departments or perhaps ordering all municipal P.D.s in St. Louis County eliminated and all law enforcement duties in the county will come out of the St. Louis County P.D., which at this time only has primary jurisdiction over unincorporated areas and municipalities without a P.D. for whatever reason (too small, can’t afford, corruption investigation, etc.). And the St. Louis County P.D. (“County Browns,” for their brown uniforms) are affirmative action happy, thank you Charlie Dooley.

Because, that damned 14th Amendment of that damned Constitution that all these damned Constitutionalists love so much.



They Have Options

13 08 2014


Why are there only three blacks on Ferguson’s 53-officer P.D.? As you can read, it’s certainly not for a lack of trying, and they start to get to the right answer toward the end of the article when the Ferguson Mayor states that hardly any blacks apply to get on the force.

If you’re a black in the St. Louis area (for the sake of discussion and simplicity, I’m limiting this to St. Louis City and St. Louis County) and want to be a cop, would you want to be on the relatively low pay high danger Ferguson P.D.?  Especially when affirmative action means that every LEA will be lusting after you.  You have many better options when it comes to departments and agencies that pay better and/or have a lot more peaceful community to patrol.  St. Louis City has roughly as much danger but with higher pay, St. Louis County is very similar and you might luck out by getting plopped in a South County precinct, and lots of municipal P.D.s in various incorporated areas of St. Louis County may pay as poorly as Ferguson but are a lot less hazardous, i.e. black.  The most plum agencies are the old to new money suburbs of substantial population near Highway 40:  Clayton, Ladue, Town and Country, Chesterfield.  High pay and low danger.

This also says the mayor and five of the six city council members are white.  The mayor is pictured here, and looks to me to be mixed race, one of those Adam Clayton Powell type “black” men.

ICYMI, bookmark my frequently updating thread about the actual situation.  I put new news about and very closely relating to the festivities there, while tangential news and opinions that aren’t closely related to the violence like you read in this post, I’ll write a separate blog post.


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