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confusedlaw
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Postby confusedlaw » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:14 pm

I was wondering what schools people think will be changing their medians due to the smaller amount of applicants if any? which schools might people with borderline numbers have a better shot at?

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Re: less applicants

Postby Blessedassurance » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:17 pm

confusedlaw wrote:I was wondering what schools people think will be changing their medians due to the smaller amount of applicants if any? which schools might people with borderline numbers have a better shot at?


Why do you think there will be a smaller number of applicants?

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Re: less applicants

Postby confusedlaw » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:18 pm

drop in lsat takers

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Re: less applicants

Postby buckilaw » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:25 pm

While it's possible schools will lower their medians in anticipation of a numerically weaker applicant pool, it's far from likely. Schools will probably give more leniency to splitters to maintain medians if the drop in LSAT takers actually does make the applicant pool numerically weaker. If the pool is weaker for 2-3 cycles, then schools might start to ease up on their target medians.

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Re: less applicants

Postby Real Madrid » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:13 am

buckilaw wrote:While it's possible schools will lower their medians in anticipation of a numerically weaker applicant pool, it's far from likely. Schools will probably give more leniency to splitters to maintain medians if the drop in LSAT takers actually does make the applicant pool numerically weaker. If the pool is weaker for 2-3 cycles, then schools might start to ease up on their target medians.


True, but aren't splitters much rarer than non-splitters? If the raw numbers of people taking the LSAT has decreased, the raw number of splitters most likely would be decreasing too, no? I don't think schools can maintain their medians through splitters alone without drastically reducing their class sizes.

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Re: less applicants

Postby Gizmo » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:22 am

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Re: less applicants

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:23 am

Gizmo wrote:*fewer

I was gonna say.

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Re: less applicants

Postby KevinP » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:41 am

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Edit:
Oh and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFhA_7Lj ... age#t=172s

Fast forward to 2:50 if it doesn't doesn't auto fast forward.

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Re: less applicants

Postby Blessedassurance » Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:00 am

confusedlaw wrote:drop in lsat takers


Not everyone who takes the LSAT goes on to Law School. The proportion of test-takers that may continue is unknown. Secondly, when you study the chart, there are traditionally more test-takers in October and December than June. Obviously, one has to account for retakes but people retake in June too albeit to a lesser extent. I think there was an 18% drop from last year in June test-takers but it remains to be seen how it plays out in the end. I would think applying before the October test-takers get their results etc may provide a slight advantage, if you want to be slick about it. It may also have implications for ED applicants who apply before October especially for schools like UVA where they render a decision in 15 days. UVA won't know how many test-takers will show up for October and December etc. It will be interesting to see how UVA treats its ED applicants who apply before September 15th.

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Re: less applicants

Postby yngblkgifted » Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:04 am

*fewer



HUGE pet peeve.

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NYC Law
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Re: less applicants

Postby NYC Law » Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:09 am

If the current trends continue, schools will just reduce class sizes (which is also the socially responsible move). But we all know how socially responsible law schools are.

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Re: less applicants

Postby PDaddy » Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:41 am

"FEWER" applicants...you cannot have "less" of a plural thing.

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Re: less applicants

Postby DocHawkeye » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:14 am

confusedlaw wrote:I was wondering what schools people think will be changing their medians due to the smaller amount of applicants if any? which schools might people with borderline numbers have a better shot at?


It seems your grasp of mathematics is almost as good as your grasp of English. Schools don't "choose" their medians - this number reflects the median LSAT score of the enrolled class, that is the score that is in the middle of the pack. It is not the average (mean) but the one in the middle (http://www.mathsisfun.com/median.html). For schools to "set" or "choose" a median LSAT score would be pointless.

To answer the question you are trying to ask, though - I don't think it will make much difference at the very top of the heap - Yale will always find enough 17X+'s to fill its seats. You may see a slight difference in the middle of the pack (think tier two schools) and it won't matter at the bottom either. Keep in mind that some 1/3 of LSAT takers have, historically, not attended any law school.
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Re: less applicants

Postby Horsefeathers » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:26 am

*tier

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Re: less applicants

Postby Real Madrid » Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:26 pm

DocHawkeye wrote:
confusedlaw wrote:I was wondering what schools people think will be changing their medians due to the smaller amount of applicants if any? which schools might people with borderline numbers have a better shot at?


It seems your grasp of mathematics is almost as good as your grasp of English. Schools don't "choose" their medians - this number reflects the median LSAT score of the enrolled class, that is the score that is in the middle of the pack. It is not the average (mean) but the one in the middle (http://www.mathsisfun.com/median.html). For schools to "set" or "choose" a median LSAT score would be pointless.

To answer the question you are trying to ask, though - I don't think it will make much difference at the very top of the heap - Yale will always find enough 17X+'s to fill its seats. You may see a slight difference in the middle of the pack (think teir two schools) and it won't matter at the bottom either. Keep in mind that some 1/3 of LSAT takers have, historically, not attended any law school.


It seems your grasp of douchebaggery is almost as good as your grasp of spelling.




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