How did you do on the SAT, OP, and how did your SAT score compare to the school's average?
I did poorly on the SAT, went to a school where I was below the average SAT. I rocked my first year (and the rest of the years) with ease while other kids with higher scores than me struggled and failed. Some of them weren't as bright as they thought they were, others let themselves get distracted.
I'm not saying that this will happen to me again in law school, but I refuse to let a standardized test score limit me. If you go into law school thinking that everyone is smarter than you because they have better LSAT scores and that you will do poorly, then you very well might do poorly, but not because others really are more intelligent. I will happily take my 156 to UIUC or UCLA if I can get off the wait list and I will do the best that I can.
Well college is a behemoth of an institution so there is going to be a wide range of sat scores at the school. Other things are factored in such as extracurriculars in college admissions. Law schools is mainly based on merit so people are going to hover more closely together in aptitude. Plus not all majors are equally difficult. If you majored in engineering or physics and you rocked your classes then yes I would say your SATs underestimated you. But if you majored in business then I think hard work can overcome a lot.
My college is not a behemoth of an institution. It is a fairly small private college, and without stats how can you say that my school has a wide range of SAT scores?
Not to mention that no SAT study says that the test only predicts your performance in certain "hard" majors, it is supposed to be predictive of freshman grades in general--and freshman grades tend to be those general education classes that span different areas of study including humanities, not just math or science courses.
Surprised no one cited this:http://www.law.ucla.edu/sander/Systemic ... rFINAL.pdf
Only compares white and black because that was the main issue back in the 90's but I think it's a prretty in-depth analysis by a fairly unbiased source (Caucasian male married to AA female with biracial child).
I'll just add this link instead of going into my personal views of URM status, affirmative action and the original question at hand...
But - the fact that you took the SAT (a fairly important exam for college entrance and scholarship, as you learned) without studying the first time and your "studying" the second time was abysmal at best, the amount of work required to "keep up" with your smarter peers in a better law school seems too demanding for your study habits. Pledging to change them is dissuading considering it seems you didn't for the LSAT (or if you did, studying isn't necessarily the problem).
Actually, that is the study the OP is talking about, but his links are expired. And being a Caucasian male married to a black woman with a biracial child does not make the man unbiased (I don't have black people, I have a black friend!)--there have been plenty of scholars out there decrying his study and suggesting that there are some biases.