Faculty Profiles

Richard Sander

Richard H. Sander

Professor of Law
B.A. Harvard, 1978
M.A. Economics, Northwestern, 1985
J.D. Northwestern, 1988
Ph.D. Economics, Northwestern, 1990
UCLA Faculty Since 1989


Moving Toward Integration: The Past and Future of Fair Housing (with Yana Kucheva and Jonathan Zasloff). Harvard University Press (2018). Amazon
Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It (with Stuart Taylor, Jr.). Basic Books (2012).
After the JD: First Results of a National Study of Legal Careers (with Ronit Dinovitzer, Bryant Garth, Joyce Sterling and Gita Wilder). American Bar Foundation (2004).

Articles and Chapters

Are Law Schools Engines of Inequality?, 48 Journal of Law and Education 243 (2019).
Replication of Mismatch Research: Ayres, Brooks, and Ho, 58 International Review of Law and Economics 75 (June 2019).
The Opportunity and the Danger of the New Urban Migration, 53 University of Richmond Law Review 871 (2019).
Start with the Micro, Move to the Macro, in The Dream Revisited: Contemporary Debates About Housing, Segregation, and Opportunity 112 (Columbia University Press, 2019).
The Policy Lessons of Partial Desegregation, 83 University of Chicago Law Review Online 271 (2017). Full Text
Structure Versus Ethnic Dimensions of Housing Segregation (with Yana Kucheva), 10 Journal of Urban Affairs (2017).
Mismatch and Bar Passage: A School-Specific Analysis, UCLA School of Law, Public Law & Legal Theory Research Paper Series No. 17-40 (Oct. 2017). Full Text
College Major Peer Effects and Attrition from the Sciences (with Marc Luppino), 4 IZA Journal of Labor Economics (2015).
A Conversation on the Nature, Effects, and Future of Affirmative Action in Higher Education Admissions (with Peter Arcidiacono, Thomas Espenshade, and Stacy Hawkins), 17 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 683 (2015). Full Text
The Second Way: A Comment on Hawkins and a Cautionary Note, 17 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 911 (2015). Full Text
The Misunderstood Consequences of Shelley v. Kraemer (with Yana Kucheva), 48 Social Science Research 212 (2014).
Thinking Hard About "Race-Neutral" Admissions (with Aaron Danielson), 47 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 967 (2014). Full Text
Mismatch and the Empirical Scholars Brief, 48 Valparaiso University Law Review 555 (2014). Full Text
The Stylized Critique of Mismatch, 92 Texas Law Review 1637 (2014). Full Text
Affirmative Action Bans and the "Chilling Effect" (with Kate L. Antonovics), 15 American Law & Economics Review 252 (2013).
The Secret of My Success: How Status, Eliteness, and School Performance Shape Legal Careers (with Jane Bambauer), 2012 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 893-930 (2012).
Why Strict Scrutiny Requires Transparency: The Practical Effects of Bakke, Gratz, and Grutter, Chapter 15 in New Directions in Judicial Politics (edited by Kevin T. McGuire, Taylor & Francis, 2012). Full Text
Revisiting Law School Mismatch: A Comment on Barnes (2007, 2011) (with Doug Williams, Marc Luppino and Roger Bolus), 105(813) Northwestern University Law Review (2011).
Class in American Legal Education, 88 Denver University Law Review 631 (2011).
Listening to the Debate on Reforming Law School Admissions Preferences, 88 Denver University Law Review 889 (2011).
The Racial Paradox of the Corporate Law Firm, 84 North Carolina Law Review 1755-1822 (2006). Full Text
Mismeasuring the Mismatch: A Response to Ho, 114 Yale Law Journal 2005 (2005). Response to article by Daniel E. Ho in this issue, p. 1997.
A Reply to Critics, 57 Stanford Law Review 163 (2005). Response to articles by Ian Ayres and others in this issue, p. 1807, 1855, 1899, 1915.
Santa Monica’s Minimum Wage: Assessing the Living Wage Movement’s New Frontier (with E. Douglass Williams), Economic Development Quarterly (2004).
A Systemic Analysis of Affirmative Action in American Law Schools, 57 Stanford Law Review 367-483 (2004).
The Happy Charade: An Empirical Examination of the Third Year of Law School (with G. Mitu Gulati and Bob Sockloskie), 51 Journal of Legal Education 235-66 (2001). Reprinted (with extended footnotes) as Chapter 4 in NYU Selected Essays on Labor and Employment Law, Vol. 2 (edited by Sherwyn & Yelnosky, Kluwer Law International, 2003).
Housing Segregation and Housing Integration: The Diverging Paths of Urban America, 52 Miami Law Review 977-1010 (1998).
Experimenting with Class-Based Affirmative Action, 47 Journal of Legal Education 472-503 (1997). Full Text
The Art and Science of Academic Support (with Kristine S. Knaplund), 45 Journal of Legal Education 157-234 (1995).
The “Infusion” Method at UCLA: Teaching Ethics Pervasively (with Carrie Menkel-Meadow), 58 Law & Contemporary Problems 129-38 (1995).
The Prospects for “Putting America to Work” in the Inner City (with E. Douglass Williams), 81 Georgetown Law Journal 2003-72 (1993).
Elevating the Debate on Lawyers and Economic Growth, Law & Social Inquiry 659 (1992).
Why Are There so Many Lawyers? Perspectives on a Turbulent Market (with E. Douglass Williams), 14 Law & Social Inquiry 431-79 (1989).
Individual Rights and Demographic Realities: The Problem of Fair Housing, 82 Northwestern University Law Review 874-939 (1988).


Admissions Practices at Public Universities, A Draft Report (September 10, 2015). Full Text
An Empirical Analysis of the Proposed Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance (with E. Douglass Williams). Commissioned and published by the City of Los Angeles (January 1997).
Fair Housing in Los Angeles County: An Assessment of Progress and Challenges, 1970-1995. Commissioned by the City and County of Los Angeles (1996).
Evaluation of the Illinois Neighborhood Development Corporation. Woodstock Institute (1982).


Black Pioneers, Intermetropolitan Movers, and Housing Desegregation (with Yana Kucheva). Full Text