How Accurate is the Law School Predictor?

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How Accurate is the Law School Predictor?

Postby alito08 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:34 pm

Just curious, because the Law School Predictor on the LSAC site is using data from 2008, how accurate is it? If anyone has experience with using this predictor vs. the real life outcome, that could be very useful information not only to me, but to others on this site as well.

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Re: How Accurate is the Law School Predictor?

Postby thelawguy777 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:11 pm

For myself this predictor was not very accurate, my actual situation is looks much better than predicted.

There are many mitigating factors that it does not consider:

-Non-traditional & Minority Status
-Significant Work Experience
-Community Service and other Charitable Experience
-An Amazing Personal Statement
-Un-Expected Transcript Issues (a couple of well placed F's are always impressive)
-Criminal Record

In general, the predictor does give you a good point of reference if you have a pretty "vanilla" application. There are a few schools that I applied to that were kind of a waste of $70... But in the end I would probably do it the same if I had to do it again. Cycles can often times be so unpredictable on the upper end of your acceptability that it's worth the $70 gamble.

So basically I think it's a useful tool but I am still a true believer in any candidate putting together a genuinely impressive application to defy the numbers.

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