Affirmative Action in Law Reviews

44 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2018

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Adam Chilton

University of Chicago - Law School

Jonathan S. Masur

University of Chicago - Law School

Kyle Rozema

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Date Written: December 3, 2018

Abstract

Policies designed to increase the diversity of law review editors are being challenged in court. The lawsuits claim that, by "illegally us[ing] race and gender as criteria for selecting law students to staff their most elite academic journals," the law reviews have diminished the quality of the articles they publish. We test this claim by using citations as a measure of article quality and studying changes in diversity policies at the flagship law reviews of the top 20 law schools. Using data on the citations of articles published since 1960, we find no evidence that diversity policies meaningfully decrease the quality of articles published.

Keywords: Diversity, Law Reviews, Academic Publishing

Suggested Citation

Chilton, Adam and Masur, Jonathan S. and Rozema, Kyle, Affirmative Action in Law Reviews (December 3, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3295334 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3295334

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Jonathan S. Masur

University of Chicago - Law School ( email )

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Kyle Rozema

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

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