Just Say No to the LSAT?

For 10 years, UC Berkeley School of Law researchers have been trying to design a testing apparatus that will better predict a potential law student’s future effectiveness as a lawyer. Few seem to believe that LSAT scores and grades do the job. Top schools like Yale, Harvard and Stanford are opting out of grades and class rankings in favor of varying honors/pass/fail systems. Now law professor Marjorie Shultz and other researchers have unleashed a 100-page manifesto report, that makes the case that in addition to one’s cognitive testing indicators, creative, negotiation, problem-solving and stress management skills should also be taken into consideration (and dare I say social connections, generational wealth and corporate client diversity demands).  From The Recorder:

“We know that many times minority students in school don’t perform as well as whites if you look at it as a group, if you look at test taking and grades. But there don’t appear to be significant racial differences in performing in factors like problem-solving, negotiation or advocacy based on our sample data,” Shultz said. “Our test shows that, and earlier research in the employment field also supports that.”

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