Hutz_and_Goodman wrote:There are a number of factors that contribute to success. Of these, the first I listed is by far the most important: if you are in the top 5% of your class in terms of gpa/lsat you no doubt have more than a 1/20 chance of top 5% grades and more than a 1/5 chance of top 20% grades. No one could really dispute that.
I can dispute that. Maybe people wouldn't dispute that someone with top 5% gpa+lsat has a better chance at finishing higher in the class but how much higher is definitely up for debate. I'm certainly not willing to adhere to those percentages.
Hutz_and_Goodman wrote:The other factors are less absolute, but it's hard to imagine they wouldn't help.
First of all, nothing is absolute. Second, how is it hard to imagine that WE and relationship status don't help? I feel confident in saying that almost nobody has faced anything like 1L year, much less a law school exam, whether they have WE or not. How exactly does WE help you on law school exams (aka the only thing you're graded on)? I would love to hear you answer that one, especially if you're a 0L. I think any "advantage" of WE with respect to grades is negligible at best. Obviously it helps for OCI, but nobody has said anything to convince me that WE matters in terms of GPA. IIRC, there was a law professor thread somewhere on TLS where he said that people with WE, in his experience, generally did worse on exams. Too lazy to find it though. IMO, it's a neutral factor.
This is the first time I've ever seen anyone say being in a relationship is a plus. It may
be a positive but that will largely depending on the type of relationship. But single people can stay in and study just as much as people in relationships and people in relationships can go out (with their own friends or law school friends) just as much as single people. Better support structure at home? Maybe not. People can be in committed relationships that are long distance - that can take a toll. My point is simply that "being in a committed relationship" has so many sub factors that it can hardly be called a positive factor in and of itself at all.
I understand you're saying that these can
be positive factors in certain circumstances, but you could say that about anything. I could easily make the argument that being single may be a positive factor too (less time commitments to other activities, more free time to blow off steam to prevent burnout, etc.). I'll concede that gpa/lsat have some predictive capacity, albeit an unknown one, but anything beyond that seems silly.