Law School admission and socioeconomic class (was Michigan and
schweber at polisci.wisc.edu
Fri Nov 10 05:56:19 PST 2006
> Perhaps someone could educate me on the question of whether the
> predictive value of undergraduate grades and LSAT scores varies with
> socioeconomic class.
In "The Big Test" Nicholas Lehman cites data indicating that the SAT is
less predictive of college performance for racial minorities and students
from lower socioeconomic classes than it is for middle- and upper-class
white students. Generally speaking, minority and students from lower
socioeconomic classes do better in college than their test scores would
predict if we use the correlation between test scores of middle- and
upper-class whites as a baseline (this is one thing that weakens the logic
of the "just-grades-and-scores" school of anti-affirmative action
argument). It is certainly plausible that the same is true of the LSAT.
UW-Madison Dept. of Poli. Sci.
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