Immediately after the Supreme Court decided SFFA v. Harvard, students and administrators scrambled to figure out what the ruling would mean for incoming classes. The worry was that the ruling would be so chilling that anyone Stephen Miller wouldn’t beg to be a John Doe in his next spite lawsuit wouldn’t even bother sending in their applications. Law schools and LSAC modified their essay questions as everyone else told students to keep applying despite the decision. Thankfully, for once, diverse applicants actually took the advice. From the ABA Journal:
Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision in Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, more students of color are applying to law school, according to the latest figures from the Law School Admission Council.
Applicants in nearly all ethnic categories have increased, according to the data released Thursday. The LSAC updates the data daily.
Wait… MORE? Talk about task failed successfully! The intended requiem for diversity is looking a lot more like celebrations are in order!
Hopefully the realization that SFFA as a scare tactic has done goose egg to deter applications will calm the hearts of the vanishing mediators behind the litigation: Asian students. Despite facially being fought in their name, the functional end of affirmative action has still been a worry for top-tier Asian applicants.
That said, the celebration should be tempered. We just have the application numbers for now — whether we break out the champagne or not depends on the acceptance numbers.
Chris Williams became a social media manager and assistant editor for Above the Law in June 2021. Prior to joining the staff, he moonlighted as a minor Memelord™ in the Facebook group Law School Memes for Edgy T14s. He endured Missouri long enough to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. He is a former boatbuilder who cannot swim, a published author on critical race theory, philosophy, and humor, and has a love for cycling that occasionally annoys his peers. You can reach him by email at email@example.com and by tweet at @WritesForRent.