paulinaporizkova wrote: HopefulFish wrote:
paulinaporizkova wrote:no, because you just further serve to increase yale's selectivity by rejecting you and thus you marginally hurt the law school you end up attending by making it look even worse than it already does compared to yale.
FWIW, i don't think any people really get admitted to yale anyway - just fairies and unicorns
You fail. Increasing Yale's selectivity does not impact anyone below it.
Let's say Yale is ranked on a weighted index that includes selectivity, so that selectivity index score lines up on a scale compared to all other index scores in that category after it is given a certain weight. If Yale is the most selective school, its index is 100 and everyone else's number is put on a 0 (1?) - 100 scale where they score accordingly based on their relative selectivities. If 10,000 more people apply to Yale this year than last year (and it's already the most selective) and no one else experiences a marked increase in applications, Yale's score would stay at 100 but everyone else's would move lower, multiplied by a certain percent to ultimately make a whole. If Yale admitted 5% of applicants last year but 2% this year and Harvard admitted 6% of applicants last year and 6% this year, Harvard's index would decrease in this category relative to Yale's 100. If it's a 98 now maybe it would move to 97 or decrease by some fragment of a number, when compared to Yale.
Cue at least 10 people jumping on this post in the next hour.
Since all rankings are relative to one another (at least in the top 100), the most highly-ranked school getting an even higher score doesn't affect the position of any other schools, since they'll stay the same ranked as compared to one another ceteris paribus.
Edit: Unless your contention is that a lower raw score by USNWR, even if the rankings stay totally the same order, will somehow hurt schools. That would be a silly contention, since the raw scores (the 1 - 100 scale) are totally meaningless except as a tool of ranking schools against one another, so nobody gives a shit about the raw scores. A lower raw score, but everyone else with a lower raw score as well, doesn't hurt anyone. Sure, it may increase the gulf between Yale and Harvard, but I think it was Leiter who pretty clearly outlined why the mechanics of the USNWR ranking system mean that it would be pretty much impossible for Harvard to ever close that gap.