Law school admissions have been a focus for the center for years; it has alleged that admissions officers show preference for blacks and Hispanics at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law; Arizona State Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; the University of Nebraska College of Law; The University of Virginia School of Law; and the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law.
University of Wisconsin Law School dean Margaret Raymond
The University of Wisconsin Law School admitted a much higher proportion of blacks than whites and Asians with the same or higher academic credentials in 2005 and 2006, according to a study by the Center for Equal Opportunity, a conservative think tank based in Virginia that focuses on race and ethnicity.
The center analyzed Wisconsin’s law school admission data from 2005 and 2006, as well as undergraduate admissions data from 2007 and 2008.
“The studies show that literally hundreds of students applying as undergrads or to the law school are rejected in favor of students with lower test scores and grades, and the reason is that they have the wrong skin color or their parents came from the wrong countries,” said center chairwoman Linda Chavez.
Margaret Raymond, the law school’s dean, wrote in a letter to students that race is one of many factors that admissions officials consider, and that the school benefits from a diverse student body.