How To Predict Success in the Legal Profession?

Study Offers a New Test of Potential Lawyers, N.Y. Times, March 11, 2009.

Professors at the University of California at Berkeley have come up with a test they say is better at predicting success in the legal field than the widely used Law School Admission Test (LSAT).   A criticism of this test is that keeps many black and Hispanic students out of the legal profession.  The Law School Admissions Council, which administers the LSAT, helped finance Professors Majorie Shultz and Sheldon Zedeck’s research while at the same time defending the LSAT.  The new test was useful in predicting lawyer effectiveness, although it was no better than the LSAT in predicting how well participants would do in law school.  Unlike the LSAT, the new test did not produce a gap in scores among different racial or ethnic groups.  The next steps are to track test takers over time, from when they apply to law school through their careers.  Lawyers nationwide will be surveyed, not just alumni of Berkeley.

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