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Specifically, as this Article discusses, the students who attend top-tier law schools are overwhelmingly representative of the elite socioeconomic class—often times as a result of merely being born to parents who were also a member of that class.15 As such, hiring faculty members from primarily those ranks undermines a law school’s ability to achieve socioeconomic diversity on its faculty and instead helps perpetuate a class-based monopoly within the legal academy to the detriment of all involved. Given this danger, I propose that academic pedigree simply be one of many factors that a faculty takes into account when deciding who, like them, may enjoy a place in the legal academy “hot spring.”



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