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The State Bar and Revealing Data on Minority Passage Rates
(KCET’s Life & Times, December 18, 2007)


Val Zavala>> When it comes to passing the California bar exam, that tough legal test, blacks are six times more likely to fail than whites. Some people blame it on affirmative action, saying blacks who are admitted to tough law schools often fall behind, and they want bar officials to release data on race and the bar exam. But California bar officials have refused.

For a lively debate around our Kitchen Table, we brought three people together. Professor Richard Sander of UCLA wants the bar to release the data. Holly Fujie of the State Bar Board of Governors says they can't. Our conversation is moderated by Joe Hicks of CommUnity Advocates.

Joe Hicks>> Holly and Rick, thanks for coming in and talking about your request to have the state bar divulge some data that -- I may be wrong here -- but I think the state bar is not too eager to give up. Rick, what is it that you've asked the state bar to provide you and why do you ask for that data?

Richard Sander>> Well, there are dozens of legal scholars around the country who are trying to test something called the mismatch effect. The mismatch theory concerns whether students have worse outcomes when they go to a school where their credentials are much lower than their classmates.

I think the easiest example to understand is actually not from the law school context, but from the college context. There's very strong evidence that, if you look at high school seniors, blacks, Hispanics and whites all have very similar interest in science. Asians have a slightly higher interest rate in science, but blacks, Hispanics and whites are all about the same.

But when blacks and Hispanics receive large preferences and go to schools where other students' credentials are much higher than theirs, they drop out of those science majors in droves. I think you can imagine why.

You know, if you're interested in chemistry, say, and you go to a school where the other students have much higher test scores and much stronger high school records than you do, it's real easy to get lost and to feel extremely frustrated.

We think something similar happens in law school. The California Bar is really relevant because they've got the best out in the country on law school bar results going back about thirty years. It's the perfect data set to test these questions.

Joe Hicks>> Now, Holly, this seems like information we'd want to know. Why is the state bar saying this is not a good idea to give out this data to Rick's research team?

Holly Fujie>> Well, it's not a question of saying it's not a good idea to give the information out. The fact is that we are restricted from being able to give that information out by the terms by which we got the information.

Information relating to race is a part of the application for registration as a law student that is voluntary. It also includes a statement that says that the information is only going to be used to relate to the efficacy or the effectiveness of the bar exam.

The fact is that the types of studies that the bar has done relate to whether or not there's a bias to the bar exam, whether or not particular parts of the bar exam are effective and whether they work. The fact is that Professor Sander's study is not related to the effectiveness of the bar exam. It's something that goes outside of the scope of what was intended to be involved --

Richard Sander>> -- Holly's argument is that she says they can only use the data to study the efficacy of the bar. But the California bar puts up on its website every six months detailed results on how people do by race. That's how we know there's a big racial disparity on bar passage. So that would seem to violate this restriction.

We also know that the bar has done studies very similar to the one that we're proposing to do. They have been very simple studies. They haven't used all the methodological tools that we'd like to use, but nonetheless the subject matter is very similar. We're suspicious because a lot of law schools are very concerned about not making public how students admitted with preferences do on the bar exam.

The results are likely to be very embarrassing to schools all the way from Stanford to Southwestern. As a result, schools are very paranoid about this data becoming public. It doesn't change the fact that this is a legitimate research interest and the bar is a public agency.

Joe Hicks>> Holly, I wouldn't say you, but is the state bar concerned that there may be some imagery here, that there's something that the state bar is afraid will actually be divulged if it in fact gives out this data? Are you concerned that it may be an image that --

Holly Fujie>> -- I will tell you that it really has nothing to do with it. We were not looking at the issue of the political correctness, as you might say, about the particular study or what it might or might not show. But outside of that, you have a number of issues.

For example, you have the fact that the disclosure as to race is not mandatory in order to take the bar exam, so there are hundreds of people who do not designate their race, which makes the information not as helpful as perhaps Professor Sander hopes it would be. The other thing is, obviously it's not checked and it's not something that we're going to penalize anybody if they put the wrong race down.

I always use the example -- although I probably shouldn't -- which is that my children are half Asian and half Caucasian. How they designate themselves is entirely up to them. They can say they're white, they can say that they're Asian, they can say they're mixed. They can say whatever they please. The fact is, it's not reliable information.

Joe Hicks>> How would you correct for what Holly is saying in terms of the people misidentifying themselves or people that are multiracial?

Richard Sander>> Well, I'm sensitive to that issue. I have a son who's half-black and half-white, so we deal with those same issues all the time. But the fact is that those issues exist with all databases. The census, until the last census, didn't have a box for multiracial.

We've been doing studies for decades, often very, very important and very powerful studies, that are based on the reality that information is not a hundred percent accurate. Everything we know suggests that the bar data is ninety-eight or ninety-nine percent accurate. That's more than enough to do very reliable studies.

Holly Fujie>> My reaction is that, again, the bar exam is the bar exam. We need to be sure at the state bar that the bar exam is fair, and that's what we test for. That's why we do include studies that do involve race. We try to come up with as much data as we can under the circumstances.

But, again, the purpose of our studies is to determine whether it's fair. I don't think that anything Professor Sander has to say in terms of his mismatch theory affects the fairness of the exam. Either it's fair or it's not.

Joe Hicks>> What's the implication of getting the data and then discovering that there's something that's problematic at the level of entering law students that are black and Latino?

Richard Sander>> If we can correct the problems that are associated with the mismatch effect, it would mean nationwide a thousand more black lawyers every year. It would mean eight hundred more Hispanic lawyers every year. And it would avoid the tragedy of people who go through three years of laws school, run up a hundred fifty thousand dollars in debt, and never become lawyers.

Joe Hicks>> Has the state bar, Holly, had any discussions? I mean, you don't want to reveal, you know, discussions you've had behind closed doors, but has there been some discussions of anything near a mismatch theory in issues that may be taking place because of preferential treatment for entering minority students? Has there been any discussions of that one way or the other?

Holly Fujie>> Not throughout the time that I've been onboard. This is now my third year on the board and there hasn't been any discussions at all on that subject. I think that the issue becomes, again, that Professor Sander says that much of this information is already available as far as saying what racial pass rates are on the bar.

That information is in fact available, so to say that they need to have this additional study to show that you need more support in law school, I think, is disingenuous.

Joe Hicks>> Thanks, guys, for coming in and discussing this in a very civil way, which is always the best way to talk about these things.

Holly Fujie>> Thank you very much, Joe. Thank you, Rick.

Richard Sander>> Thanks, Joe.

 

 
   
 
 
   

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