The fact that black students generally do worse than white or Asian students shouldn't come as a shock to anyone. We've seen those statistics across states, schools and grade levels for decades.
But scribbler Joe Patrice at the increasingly intersectional Above the Law goes into full point-and-splutter mode when a University of Pennsylvania law professor makes that plain observation. [Professor Declares Black Students ‘Rarely’ Graduate In The Top Half Of Law School Class And have *never* graduated in the top quarter as far as she can remember
,By Joe Patrice, March 8, 2018]
(We need to abbreviate this useful phrase, given the need for such frequent use, as in "Did you guys see Rachel Maddow go P&S on Trump the other day?")
Amy Wax is right, of course. Black student performance in law school is surely abysmal.
Anonymous grading makes it harder to confirm, but in my experience, black students almost never made it onto journals, which is the sure sign of being high in the class ranking. Obama was the “first black” to be head of Harvard Law Review
—where his performance was mediocre.
They're admitted using aggressive affirmative action under a system that fully (and overly) accounts for their race, only to then compete
against far smarter white and Asian students in a grading system that is largely blind to their identity.
That's a recipe for landing at the bottom.
Does Joe Patrice dispute this? What's his counter-evidence?
At my New York City law school, there were no blacks on law review or any other journal, and their names never appeared on law firm recruitment interview lists or any other place that would show evidence of high grades. You'd only ever see them as things like student council president or head of the Black Law Students Association, which of course doesn't take high grades.
I chuckle at my profession. It puts on a hyper-liberal, politically correct show, but it's merciless about performance and results. Which means most blacks just don't cut it, either as law students