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Federal Lawyer Online


March 2014



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Book Review

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Mismatch is one of the most important books about law and public policy published recently. The authors, Richard H. Sander and Stuart Taylor, Jr., offer a provocative and deeply researched conclusion: empirical evidence strongly suggests that affirmative action in the admission of African-Americans and Hispanics to selective colleges and law schools is more harmful than helpful.

The problem of underrepresentation of African-Americans and Hispanics in the American legal profession is a continuing problem. But the work of Richard Sander strongly indicates that relying on the power of affirmative action has generated deleterious effects for those this “solution” was designed to aid. Discussing the issue of race is fraught with problems, but American lawyers and American society would do well to face this issue directly, as the authors of Mismatch have done.

Recommended Citation

Michael S. Ariens, Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It (book review), Fed. Law. Online 1 (Mar. 2014).

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