Anyway, here is some of what he says:
I am the Dean of Admissions at Yale Law School (and also a Princeton graduate).
The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) — which compiles the numerical data on each law school applicant — provides, in addition to a student’s cumulative GPA, the percentile rank of that student’s GPA as compared with other applicants to law school from that same institution within the last three years. In other words, a law school admissions officer can (or should) see the difference between, say, a 3.7 at West Point (which would place that student in the upper 90th percentile) and a 3.7 at a school that is prestigious but has a lot of grade inflation (I won’t name names but a 3.7 can be as low as the 60th percentile at some very elite schools).
While it may be true that some law schools may be more interested in absolute GPAs in order to manipulate their institutions’ “rankings” according to popular publications, I would say that this is less true of the top law schools, which are more interested in getting the top students from a variety of schools.
It seems like the LSAC report of the percentage of applicants from each school with x GPA doesn't really help to compare HYP students to those at say Rutgers/UMass/Quinnipiac since one would imagine gpas in the latter group of schools cover a wider range. So you are at 60% with a 3.7 from the unnamed school Asha mentions, but like 90% from UMass...