How much accommodation is too much?
Standards are lowered for admission to college.
Standards are lowered for admission to law school.
Standards are lowered for grades, with some law schools eliminating letter grades altogether.
If an unqualified student has made it this far, the system has effectively wasted his time. Instead of washing him out after his first year, forcing him to change his studying behaviors (and actually earning his success) or directing him to a law school more his speed, they wasted 7 years of his life by allowing him to pursue an education in a profession he will never practice because the bar will not lower its standards to accommodate his lackluster ability.
But the question is: what's the point of affirmative action? Why are schools lowering their standards if they're not having the effect of equalizing the races? If a black person leaves college after seven years with the same disadvantage that he entered with, what has affirmative action accomplished?
Further, lawyers have a professional responsibility to competently represent their clients. Wouldn't lowering the bar on the bar essentially pass the cost of failure from the black student who couldn't cut it to the innocent party who hired him? And aren't malpractice judgments and disbarment worse outcomes than simply denying unqualified law students a license to practice in the first place?
The counter is that there are students who will rise to the challenge and blah blah blah, but if they didn't rise to the challenge over seven years of schooling, what makes anyone think they're going to rise to the challenge in the real world?