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2 U. Tol. L. Rev. 377 (1970)
Preferential Admissions: An Unreal Solution to a Real Problem

handle is hein.journals/utol2 and id is 389 raw text is: PREFERENTIAL ADMISSIONS:
AN UNREAL SOLUTION TO A
REAL PROBLEM
Clyde W. Summers*
Preferential admissions standards do not significantly
increase the total number of minority students able to
obtain a legal education. Because the adm.issions standards
of law schools form a continuum of acceptable LSA T
scores and undergraduate grade averages, moving down a
sliding scale, a student preferentially admitted to a highly
selective school would be admissible under the normal
standards of a less selective school. The only possible gain is
among those minority students not normally admissible by
the minimum standards of the least selective schools. There
has been no showing that it is necessary or desirable to
reduce the admissions standards at the lower end of the
scale. Preferential admissions, the author contends, do not
increase the opportunities for legal education of minority
students, but instead create handicaps to professional
training. It has also led to a wasteful use offinancial aid so
as to reduce the total number of needy minority students
who can go to law school. The author suggests a massive
cooperative effort of all law schools to pool resources to
meet more effectively the need for more minority lawyers.
I. INTRODUCTION
Two years ago, in a nationwide survey of all law schools to
determine the number of minority students (defined as Negroes,
Chicanos, Indians and Puerto Ricans) who were enrolled as law
students, the question was asked, how many of the students, in
the judgment of the Admissions Officer or person completing the
questionnaire . . . would probably not have been admitted had
* B.S., University of Illinois, 1939; J.D., University of Illinois, 1942; J.S.D.,
Columbia, 1952; LL.D., University of Louvain, 1966; Professor of Law, Yale Law
School.

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