Lewis Carroll had nothing on the National Jurist, a magazine for law students. The cover story of the current issue is “How Rankings Are Destroying Law Schools.” But another article in the very same issue . . . (wait for it!) ranks law schools. This time it’s according to their student body ”diversity. “
And what makes a law school “diverse”? It’s strictly according to what percentage of the student body is black, Hispanic, or Asian-American, with a boost for exceeding the percentage of those groups in the general population of the state in which the law school is located. The result is an absurdity.
Traditionally black schools, such as Howard University (No. 3), and schools in areas with very high minority populations, such as the University of Hawaii (No. 11), automatically rank very high, although their student bodies, in fact, are very un-diverse.
If there were a law school whose student body consisted entirely of left-handed gay black Baptist male stamp collectors from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, it would be the most diverse law school in the country under this formula.
As Tweedledee says in Through the Looking Glass, “Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”