If you were in any doubt that prestigious American law schools are seeking to prepare a new generation of attorneys well suited to check off as many red boxes as possible on a diversity questionnaire, let the latest LSAT course registration form relieve your concerns that the future crop of lawyers won’t be at a loss in possessing the characteristics that really matter in the navigation of the American legal system.
A millennial supporter of Josh Hawley’s US Senate campaign, Amalia Halikias, tweeted the latest registration form for the LSAT, or Law School Admission Test, a standard issue test required for recent college graduates to evaluate their prospective law school admission potential. But the information she shared about what’s required for registration didn’t inquire on the prospective test-taker’s undergraduate college experiences, or their motivations in seeking to become a lawyer in the first place.
Instead, the LSAT registration form presented its users with a all-encompassing list of twelve gender identities to choose from, and the option to list a fully customized one should their options for selection prove to be not comprehensive enough. Curiously, an option for “questioning or unsure” was included, in the case that recent college graduates with approximately 22-25 years of life experiences might still be unaware or unsure of what gender they are.
Accommodating the demographic of prospective applicants identifying outside of a traditional male and female gender binary might not be the only way in which the face of American law school students might be changing. Recent statistics surveying beginning law school students in 2016 revealed that for the first time, women now outnumber men in as law students.
It remains to be seen if a vociferous campaign will be waged by advocates of equality in the legal profession to ensure that a perfectly balanced proportion is achieved in this pool of students, split 50% both ways. That is, unless, a proportion of spots for admission need to be explicitly reserved for future attorneys identifying of the Demigender and genderfluid categories.
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