Mismatch in Law School
University of California, Berkeley, The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy; University of California, Berkeley, College of Letters & Science, Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
University of Toronto - Faculty of Law
February 1, 2006
Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 881110
Princeton Law and Public Affairs Working Paper No. 07-008
An important criticism of affirmative action policies in admissions is that they may hurt minority students who are thereby induced to attend selective schools. We use two comparisons to identify so-called mismatch effects in law schools, with consistent results. Black students attain better employment outcomes than do whites with similar credentials. Any mismatch effects on graduation and bar exam passage rates are confined to the bottom quintile of the entering credentials distribution, where selection bias is an important, potentially confounding factor. Elite law schools' use of affirmative action thus does not appear to generate mismatch effects.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 53
Keywords: affirmative action, mismatch, admissions, law school
JEL Classification: I21, J24, J44, J7, K30
Date posted: February 7, 2006
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