Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby Betharl » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:20 am

99.9luft wrote:
TheColonel wrote:
iamrobk wrote:
KevinP wrote:Wow @ CLS. They maintained their LSAT median (75th fell), but median GPA fell. And that's with a 9.4% decrease in class size.

ETA: Considering NYU did not reduce class size, I'm calling bullshit if they post a 172 median.

I thought people had already said NYU's median fell to 171? Or were they just rumors (or am I crazy... quite possible)?


Pretty sure it was rumors but it would seem to be impossible that the median stayed at 172.

Also, is there evidence that NYU was more liberal with scholarship money and maybe poached people that would have otherwise gone to CLS?


guys am i retarded math-wise? how can the median NOT be 171 if it's the middle point between the 75th and 25th percentiles (i.e. 173...172...171...170...169)???


It isn't the middle point between the 75th and 25th percentiles, it could equal the 25th or 75th or be anywhere in between. Typically, the way the numbers are distributed with law schools, the median is closer to the 75th.

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby KevinP » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:21 am

iamrobk wrote:
KevinP wrote:Wow @ CLS. They maintained their LSAT median (75th fell), but median GPA fell. And that's with a 9.4% decrease in class size.

ETA: Considering NYU did not reduce class size, I'm calling bullshit if they post a 172 median.

I thought people had already said NYU's median fell to 171? Or were they just rumors (or am I crazy... quite possible)?

That's what people said last year... so i'm a bit skeptical.

99.9luft wrote:guys am i retarded math-wise? how can the median NOT be 171 if it's the middle point between the 75th and 25th percentiles (i.e. 173...172...171...170...169)???

Because LSAT scores can repeat and have gaps.

Here... 100 students:
26 have 173
48 have 171
26 have 169


75th = 173
median = 171
25th = 169

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby danquayle » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:23 am

99.9luft wrote:
TheColonel wrote:
iamrobk wrote:
KevinP wrote:Wow @ CLS. They maintained their LSAT median (75th fell), but median GPA fell. And that's with a 9.4% decrease in class size.

ETA: Considering NYU did not reduce class size, I'm calling bullshit if they post a 172 median.

I thought people had already said NYU's median fell to 171? Or were they just rumors (or am I crazy... quite possible)?


Pretty sure it was rumors but it would seem to be impossible that the median stayed at 172.

Also, is there evidence that NYU was more liberal with scholarship money and maybe poached people that would have otherwise gone to CLS?


guys am i retarded math-wise? how can the median NOT be 171 if it's the middle point between the 75th and 25th percentiles (i.e. 173...172...171...170...169)???


All median means is that half the scores are higher, and half the scores are lower. It doesn't matter how much lower or higher each score is, simply that they either are or they are not higher. So, say you have 13 scores. Whatever your 7th lowest score will be your median. So if you want your median to be 172, you just need to make sure you have at least seven scores greater than or equal to 172. The rest of the scores could be 6 180s and 6 150s... it won't matter. (But if 2 180s drop, your median suddenly becomes 150).

177
176
173
173
173
172

Median = 172 (6 scores higher, 6 scores lower)

171
169
169
169
163
162

In this distribution, the 75th = 173, 25th = 169, with a 172 median.

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby 99.9luft » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:31 am

Kev, Dan - thank you! That makes complete sense, i should have considered the distribution of those scores throughout the demographics! :oops:

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby Betharl » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:33 am

I'm interested to know what the decrease in apps will be this cycle. There were 6% less LSATs administered in June, which is less than the decrease last cycle, but we should expect to see a greater reduction in apps due to the "lag effect" than what was experienced last cycle.

By lag effect, I mean people applying this cycle with LSAT scores from last cycle. For example, I took three LSATS, Dec'11, Feb'12, and June'12. I will be applying this cycle, but 2/3 of my LSATS were taken last cycle. There should be less people like me out there this cycle compared to last cycle since a lot more people took the lsat in the year before the last cycle than this one. But how much impact will this have?

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby thelawyler » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:35 am

Betharl wrote:I'm interested to know what the decrease in apps will be this cycle. There were 6% less LSATs administered in June, which is less than the decrease last cycle, but we should expect to see a great reduction in apps due to the "lag effect" than what was experienced last cycle.

By lag effect, I mean people applying this cycle with LSAT scores from last cycle. For example, I took three LSATS, Dec'11, Feb'12, and June'12. I will be applying this cycle, but 2/3 of my LSATS were taken last cycle. There should be less people like me out there this cycle compared to last cycle since a lot more people took the lsat in the year before the last cycle than this one. But how much impact will this have?

Well, people who take the LSAT this year will also wait another year like you did, so I'd say its a wash.

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby danquayle » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:42 am

To make it easier to see that quartiles work the same way, heres how the hypothetical 173, 172, 169 would work if you expanded to 15 scores:

177
176
173

173 = 75th (1/4 higher or equal, 3/4 lower or equal)

173
173
172

Median = 172 (1/2 scores higher or equal, 1/2 scores lower or equal)

171
169
169

169 = 25th (3/4 higher or equal, 1/4 lower or equal)

164
155
150


75th is the 4th lowest score, the median the 8th lowest score (7 higher, 7 lower) and the 25th the 12th lowest score.

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby Betharl » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:44 am

thelawyler wrote:
Betharl wrote:I'm interested to know what the decrease in apps will be this cycle. There were 6% less LSATs administered in June, which is less than the decrease last cycle, but we should expect to see a great reduction in apps due to the "lag effect" than what was experienced last cycle.

By lag effect, I mean people applying this cycle with LSAT scores from last cycle. For example, I took three LSATS, Dec'11, Feb'12, and June'12. I will be applying this cycle, but 2/3 of my LSATS were taken last cycle. There should be less people like me out there this cycle compared to last cycle since a lot more people took the lsat in the year before the last cycle than this one. But how much impact will this have?

Well, people who take the LSAT this year will also wait another year like you did, so I'd say its a wash.


Yeah, but as LSATs administered goes down, there should also be less reappliers. So, last cycle, there were probably more reappliers than there will be this cycle. This should result in a reduction of apps, but I don't know to what degree. We should have less takers (if the June trend of -6% continues) and less reappliers than last cycle. Overall, maybe the drop in apps this cycle will approximately equal the drop in apps from last cycle, even though the drop in LSATs administered isn't expected to be as high (with the "lag effect" making up the difference).

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby KevinP » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:46 am

Betharl wrote:I'm interested to know what the decrease in apps will be this cycle. There were 6% less LSATs administered in June, which is less than the decrease last cycle, but we should expect to see a greater reduction in apps due to the "lag effect" than what was experienced last cycle.

By lag effect, I mean people applying this cycle with LSAT scores from last cycle. For example, I took three LSATS, Dec'11, Feb'12, and June'12. I will be applying this cycle, but 2/3 of my LSATS were taken last cycle. There should be less people like me out there this cycle compared to last cycle since a lot more people took the lsat in the year before the last cycle than this one. But how much impact will this have?

It's going to be hard to predict. Thing is, schools did not expect such drastic declines and therefore many coped with the decline in unsustainable ways (e.g. decrease in class sizes or massive scholly money). Some schools will def. be able to keep that up this cycle, but many also won't.

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby Tom Joad » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:46 am

What's with CLS and NYU bombing out on median GPA?

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby ajax » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:11 am

KevinP wrote:
Betharl wrote:I'm interested to know what the decrease in apps will be this cycle. There were 6% less LSATs administered in June, which is less than the decrease last cycle, but we should expect to see a greater reduction in apps due to the "lag effect" than what was experienced last cycle.

By lag effect, I mean people applying this cycle with LSAT scores from last cycle. For example, I took three LSATS, Dec'11, Feb'12, and June'12. I will be applying this cycle, but 2/3 of my LSATS were taken last cycle. There should be less people like me out there this cycle compared to last cycle since a lot more people took the lsat in the year before the last cycle than this one. But how much impact will this have?

It's going to be hard to predict. Thing is, schools did not expect such drastic declines and therefore many coped with the decline in unsustainable ways (e.g. decrease in class sizes or massive scholly money). Some schools will def. be able to keep that up this cycle, but many also won't.



The main issue is we have to take these schools at their word. The ones that are reporting no drop in median while keeping class size the same seem extremely suspect. What is to prevent them from pulling an Illinois/Villanova?

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby VUSisterRayVU » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:59 am

ajax wrote:
KevinP wrote:
Betharl wrote:I'm interested to know what the decrease in apps will be this cycle. There were 6% less LSATs administered in June, which is less than the decrease last cycle, but we should expect to see a greater reduction in apps due to the "lag effect" than what was experienced last cycle.

By lag effect, I mean people applying this cycle with LSAT scores from last cycle. For example, I took three LSATS, Dec'11, Feb'12, and June'12. I will be applying this cycle, but 2/3 of my LSATS were taken last cycle. There should be less people like me out there this cycle compared to last cycle since a lot more people took the lsat in the year before the last cycle than this one. But how much impact will this have?

It's going to be hard to predict. Thing is, schools did not expect such drastic declines and therefore many coped with the decline in unsustainable ways (e.g. decrease in class sizes or massive scholly money). Some schools will def. be able to keep that up this cycle, but many also won't.



The main issue is we have to take these schools at their word. The ones that are reporting no drop in median while keeping class size the same seem extremely suspect. What is to prevent them from pulling an Illinois/Villanova?


Reputation. Look what happened to those schools. I HIGHLY doubt any T14 is lying on stats. Obviously gaming the system occurs, but nothing as scandalous as Illinois.

@Kevin, what do you suspect the T14 will do this time? Do you expect them to just decrease class sizes to boost medians thereby making this cycle less juicy?

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby justonemoregame » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:30 am

The t14s that aren't splitter-friendly could become a little more-so. If we assume the 6% decline for the next few LSAT administrations, can we estimate how many 169/170+ LSATs are out there for the upcoming cycle?

If we have 120,000 tests, 3.5% of that is like 4,200. That seems high

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby BigZuck » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:32 am

Duke is already outright accepting splitters and reverse splitters and people under both medians. Seems unprecedented from what I can tell. Epicness is coming...

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby TheThriller » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:37 am

BigZuck wrote:Duke is already outright accepting splitters and reverse splitters and people under both medians. Seems unprecedented from what I can tell. Epicness is coming...


What was Duke's median LSAT last year?

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby iamrobk » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:46 am

VUSisterRayVU wrote:
ajax wrote:
KevinP wrote:
Betharl wrote:I'm interested to know what the decrease in apps will be this cycle. There were 6% less LSATs administered in June, which is less than the decrease last cycle, but we should expect to see a greater reduction in apps due to the "lag effect" than what was experienced last cycle.

By lag effect, I mean people applying this cycle with LSAT scores from last cycle. For example, I took three LSATS, Dec'11, Feb'12, and June'12. I will be applying this cycle, but 2/3 of my LSATS were taken last cycle. There should be less people like me out there this cycle compared to last cycle since a lot more people took the lsat in the year before the last cycle than this one. But how much impact will this have?

It's going to be hard to predict. Thing is, schools did not expect such drastic declines and therefore many coped with the decline in unsustainable ways (e.g. decrease in class sizes or massive scholly money). Some schools will def. be able to keep that up this cycle, but many also won't.



The main issue is we have to take these schools at their word. The ones that are reporting no drop in median while keeping class size the same seem extremely suspect. What is to prevent them from pulling an Illinois/Villanova?


Reputation. Look what happened to those schools. I HIGHLY doubt any T14 is lying on stats. Obviously gaming the system occurs, but nothing as scandalous as Illinois.

@Kevin, what do you suspect the T14 will do this time? Do you expect them to just decrease class sizes to boost medians thereby making this cycle less juicy?

Just one example, but I think Penn's class went from 266 to 244.

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby BigZuck » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:47 am

TheThriller wrote:
BigZuck wrote:Duke is already outright accepting splitters and reverse splitters and people under both medians. Seems unprecedented from what I can tell. Epicness is coming...


What was Duke's median LSAT last year?


3.75/170. Not sure what it is now though, don't think it has been released.

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby dowu » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:49 am

BigZuck wrote:Duke is already outright accepting splitters and reverse splitters and people under both medians. Seems unprecedented from what I can tell. Epicness is coming...

How do you know that Duke has been accepting splitters and people below both medians, etc...?

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby Funkycrime » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:57 am

nmop_apisdn wrote:
BigZuck wrote:Duke is already outright accepting splitters and reverse splitters and people under both medians. Seems unprecedented from what I can tell. Epicness is coming...

How do you know that Duke has been accepting splitters and people below both medians, etc...?

probably referring to the application thread.

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby BigZuck » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:13 pm

I don't really care to share my numbers but I was accepted and I am around one median and well below another.

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby dowu » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:23 pm

BigZuck wrote:I don't really care to share my numbers but I was accepted and I am around one median and well below another.

Around meaning below or above? Did you get a scholly?

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby thelawyler » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:28 pm

nmop_apisdn wrote:
BigZuck wrote:I don't really care to share my numbers but I was accepted and I am around one median and well below another.

Around meaning below or above? Did you get a scholly?


It means GPA is close enough to be a wash, and LSAT was much lower.

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby 2014 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:53 pm

UChi sections are out and the early look suggests we will have 186 students which is down 5? from last year. Should know medians next week.

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby 20130312 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:13 pm

Rutgers Camden hasn't released any of these numbers and hasn't put out a timetable to release them (shockingly enough).

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Re: Class sizes and medians (c/o 2015)

Postby dowu » Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:17 pm

thelawyler wrote:
nmop_apisdn wrote:
BigZuck wrote:I don't really care to share my numbers but I was accepted and I am around one median and well below another.

Around meaning below or above? Did you get a scholly?


It means GPA is close enough to be a wash, and LSAT was much lower.

Hmm, I guess I should have been specific. I'm wondering whether schools are throwing money around like it's going out of style, for applicants like Bigzuck.




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