Thursday, March 28, 2013

An Interesting Hypothesis Emerges from Yale Law School

In this age of non-stop talk about the 1% and the 99%, are the 99% "out of the loop" when they attend Ivy League Schools?  In that past, this question might have focused on not being invited to the cool parties but a group of students at Yale Law School argue that students from lower-income backgrounds are out of the professional loop at YLS and this is diminishing their chances to be big stars as practicing lawyers or future law professors.

Undergraduates whose parents went to college are more likely to know how to "play the game" in terms of non-cognitive skills such as appearance, attitude and doing the little things to raise the probability of success in applying for jobs.  This Simpsons clip will explain what I mean.  This "Young JFK" is classy.  At the modern university, whose job is it to provide such "polish"?  The faculty certainly aren't providing these skills.   Should we be?

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