taxguy wrote:TJISMYHERO notes,". The LSAT is pretty good at gauging a candidate's likely success in Law School, is it always right? No. Is it a flawed test? Absolutely not. "
Response: Is it? Why not ask any lawyer what they really think of the LSAT. Most of the time they will say that it is the only test around that everyone takes; so it is necessary. However, they almost all admit that it is a questionable test at best for admission.
I can't tell you how many people I have met who way outperfomed what was expected of them from the LSAT and vice versa. Normally, you might think that maybe my experience is too limited,but I have spoken to lawyers in the hundreds if not thousands due to my presenting continuing education to them. I hear story after story of how the LSAT wasn't indicative of their performance including numerous hearsay stories of others who also were outliers from the test.
One of the brightest lawyers I know, who also graduated top of his undergrad class at Maryland barely scored 150 on the LSAT,which was his highest score by far. Yet, he graduated top 5% of his class and was a top notch lawyer. Believe me I could go on ad nauseum with stories about outliers from the test. There is something wrong with this test. There are just too many exceptions.
Personally, I think that any test that is so time sensitive as to have a majorityof the test takers not finish the exam is flawed...period. Law school gives ample time to do outlines and briefs and take tests. The LSAT shouldn't be geared to those folks that can finish the test in the allowed time frame. Anyway, that is my opinion.
And why would a lawyer be anymore qualified to judge the predictive validity of the LSAT when it comes to class rank than a non-lawyer? Your friend is an outlier. Good for him. There are many, many, many more examples of people falling right in line with where their LSAT would predict their placement.
You went to law school at a different time, when pursuing an elite education wasn't nearly as important as it is now. You entered the field when the market wasn't as competitive. You also, therefore, went to school when it wasn't nearly as important to do well on the LSAT. Like it or not, and whether it conforms to your worldview or contrasts it, much more empirical data suggest that the LSAT is strong in its predcitive powers.