Because more people apply to law schools than can be accepted, the admissions procedure at most faculties has been designed to select the best qualified persons from the applicant pool. Selection criteria are adopted to enable law school administrators to determine fairly and objectively which applicants are most likely to succeed in legal studies. Even with the advent of admissions policies designed to increase opportunities for members of various minority groups to study law, specific admissions decisions within each preferred category are generally made with a view to choosing the candidates judged most able to do well at law school. Admissions policies that purport to select students on the basis of expected performance at law school either ignore the severe limitations of currently available measures of academic promise or are consciously adopted to disguise largely subjective decision making in pseudoscientific garb.
Hathaway, James C. "The Mythical Meritocracy of Law School Admissions." Journal of Legal Education 34, no. 1 (1984): 86-96. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)