THE BREADTH OF MISMATCH
SANDER’S NARRATIVE ON LAW SCHOOLS and the evidence for “science” and “aspirations” mismatch from Chapter Three offer some particularly powerful examples of how mismatch can derail lives. These examples collectively affect many thousands of minority students each year, and even if we stopped here, we think we would have made a case for reform. But one might argue that these are special cases—that in law school and science curricula, students must race along a narrow path, and if they fall off, they are in trouble. This is a fair point; we examined law school and science curricula closely largely because in those cases it is easier to observe the consequences of mismatch directly.
In this chapter we consider ...