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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Law Students By The Numbers

Bill Henderson over at Empirical Legal Studies wrote an interesting Oct. 10, 2008 posting entitled The Drift Toward Pure Numbers Admissions. Professor Henderson's point is that the U.S. News and World Reports ranking system has resulted in schools placing more and more emphasis on the numbers. This is because the U.S. News and World reports uses those same numbers in it ranking methodology.

I find this to be a shame. I remember that when I applied to law schools, and to college for that matter, unusual experiences mattered. I remember going to school with several students who did not have stellar LSAT scores, but had important work experience.

Law schools always talk about the importance of diversity. Diversity does not just refer to racial diversity. Law school strictly by the numbers threatens to change law school as we know know it.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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