ENHANCING DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION THROUGH
Since 1991, our theoretical solution has found a practical use: diversifying law schools. In 1995, the Admissions Office at Columbia Law School (CLS) invited our founder, Eva Lana Silver, JD, to teach her rigorous approach at CLS, due to its enormous success with Columbia students from all backgrounds. While at CLS, Eva developed the first Casebook for the LSAT which united the pedagogy of law school with LSAT preparation. Further research conducted at CLS under the guidance of Professor Kellis E Parker, lead to an even greater understanding of the relevance of the LSAT to law. As a result of its academic origins and the inter-disciplinary research skills of our founder, Binary Solution began to take its shape, not just as an LSAT course, but as an approach to basic legal reasoning.
This year, Ms. Silver will be teaching in New York Law School's Pipeline Program Launch.
Our LSAT theory provides students with a competitive advantage in law school, as well as a way of getting into law school by scoring high on the LSAT. Since Binary Solution is a clear and general solution that can be mastered by anyone, the course has always offered a way of protecting diversity in a political climate that routinely turns hostile towards Affirmative Action. The refinement of Binary Solution in the 1990's came at a time when anti-Affirmative Action cases were being filed against Law Schools, specifically Hopwood v University of Texas Law School and its progeny (especially the University of Michigan cases that reached the Supreme Court).
Since its inception, Binary Solution has been a useful remedy because it seeks to change the students, not the standards. The desire to get past the old dialogue gave rise to a research & scholarship initiative known as -- A to the Fourth: Anti-Anti Affirmative Action--a formula for getting past Affirmative Action through LSAT preparation.
A to the Fourth: Anti-Anti Affirmative Action means that we are against those who are against Affirmative Action, but not necessarily for it. Instead, we are optimistic about getting beyond the need for Affirmative Action, and until then, we are neither opposed nor beholden to it. Every LSAT point gained by a diverse student takes us one step further from the need for Affirmative Action, and makes our LSAT course a positive way to achieve legitimate social goals.
In 1997 we partnered with NYU's CMEP (Center for Multicultural Education and Programs) to establish a scholarship program for all of its students. In 2001, the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) chartered our mission to diversify law schools. In 2006, CUNY Law School contracted Binary Solution to ensure that their Pipeline to Justice Program was a success. In 2007, the NJCU School of Continuing Education made Binary Solution a course and our Founder an adjunct to ensure that its diverse students received effective LSAT preparation.
Our track record shows that test scores are malleable and that LSAT preparation can change lives. Every day we prove these beliefs by raising the scores of our diverse student body. Through our work we hope to demonstrate that there is room for a new position within the Affirmative Action dialogue. Through technology we hope to achieve the goal of total access as a means of preserving diversity in academia. Thus, we welcome the current digital changes in the LSAT.