HY and below median LSAT

(Applications Advice, Letters of Recommendation . . . )
jerrymander
Posts: 27
Joined: Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:59 pm

HY and below median LSAT

Postby jerrymander » Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:38 am

For HY, do you think there is any substantial difference between a 170, 171, and 172 LSAT score? They are all below the 173 median. So if two applicants have equally strong GPA (3.9+), and equally compelling softs, but one has a 170 and the other a 172, wouldn't the LSAT be a wash in this case?

Unless they actively work to protect the 25th percentile (171), as much as they do the median. I wonder if they care about this, because I don't think UNSWR factors in 25th percentile.

User avatar
2Serious4Numbers
Posts: 340
Joined: Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:14 pm

Re: HY and below median LSAT

Postby 2Serious4Numbers » Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:45 am

Yep there is a difference, and it can be a gamechanger

jerrymander
Posts: 27
Joined: Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:59 pm

Re: HY and below median LSAT

Postby jerrymander » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:20 pm

bump

User avatar
androstan
Posts: 2531
Joined: Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:07 am

Re: HY and below median LSAT

Postby androstan » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:30 pm

I'm pretty sure USNWR rankings are now based on 75th and 25th percentiles instead of just the median.

Additionally, statistically a student with a 172 LSAT will do better in law school than a student with a 170 or 171.

So yeah, there's a difference.

User avatar
Shooter
Posts: 474
Joined: Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:39 am

Re: HY and below median LSAT

Postby Shooter » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:32 pm

Lol, this thread makes me feel as though I have a chance. I don't.

jerrymander
Posts: 27
Joined: Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:59 pm

Re: HY and below median LSAT

Postby jerrymander » Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:02 pm

androstan wrote:I'm pretty sure USNWR rankings are now based on 75th and 25th percentiles instead of just the median.

Additionally, statistically a student with a 172 LSAT will do better in law school than a student with a 170 or 171.

So yeah, there's a difference.


According to the USNWR website, they use medians, not 25th to 75th percentile: http://www.usnews.com/articles/educatio ... l?PageNr=1

I know that ABA collects data on 25th to 75th, but I wonder if schools care about this at all.

User avatar
Ragged
Posts: 1509
Joined: Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:39 pm

Re: HY and below median LSAT

Postby Ragged » Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:06 pm

jerrymander wrote:For HY, do you think there is any substantial difference between a 170, 171, and 172 LSAT score? They are all below the 173 median. So if two applicants have equally strong GPA (3.9+), and equally compelling softs, but one has a 170 and the other a 172, wouldn't the LSAT be a wash in this case?


I think there is. Although not nearly as much as 172/173 difference.

User avatar
DoubleChecks
Posts: 2333
Joined: Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:35 pm

Re: HY and below median LSAT

Postby DoubleChecks » Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:08 pm

jerrymander wrote:
androstan wrote:I'm pretty sure USNWR rankings are now based on 75th and 25th percentiles instead of just the median.

Additionally, statistically a student with a 172 LSAT will do better in law school than a student with a 170 or 171.

So yeah, there's a difference.


According to the USNWR website, they use medians, not 25th to 75th percentile: http://www.usnews.com/articles/educatio ... l?PageNr=1

I know that ABA collects data on 25th to 75th, but I wonder if schools care about this at all.


you're also assuming law schools like HLS ONLY care about gaming USNWR stats. that is prob not the case as they dont really plan on moving up the rankings per se.

statistically, a 172 student would do better at law school than a 170 (marginally)...assuming equal GPAs. if it comes down to softs, i guess it depends on whether they believe that soft would make the person contribute to diversity noticeably more or offer something. so yes, there would be a difference, but prob only because you havent given me an example where the 170 applicant is worth getting more than the 172 (softs really dont count for that much esp. if it is only a bit better)




Return to “Law School Admissions Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], JayhawkLaw and 6 guests