## Index numbers

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LaCumparsita

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### Index numbers

How exactly do index numbers work? I am a 4.06/170, and since people with my exact numbers are few and far between, does it make sense for me to look at people from last cycle who had a 4.00/171 since according to LSP, we have the same chance of admissions? Or does the 4.00/171 have an advantage over me at, for example, Harvard because they're in the 25-75 range and I'm just outside it? Thanks!

bk1

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### Re: Index numbers

Yes look at people who are around your GPA and LSAT.

duckmoney

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### Re: Index numbers

bk1 wrote:Yes look at people who are around your GPA and LSAT.

Yes but remember to look at these with respect to schools' medians and quartiles. Looking at someone with a 171 / 4.0 at a school whose median is a 171 won't be as indicative as a 170 / 3.9 (assuming the GPA 75% is below a 3.9).

Also, a 1 point variation in LSAT is much more significant than small changes to GPA. Although no formula exists, a tradeoff of 1 LSAT = .1 GPA point often correlates pretty well with schools indices.

rinkrat19

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### Re: Index numbers

Yes, the 171 will have a slight advantage over you at Harvard. That's not to say no one with your numbers ever gets in, because schools tend to look for applicants who can raise one or both of their medians. You would still be above their GPA median.

Check out http://www.lawschoolpredictor.com It has you at about a 41% chance of admission at Harvard and 45% at Yale. Certainly worth the applications.

duckmoney

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### Re: Index numbers

rinkrat19 wrote:Yes, the 171 will have a slight advantage over you at Harvard. That's not to say no one with your numbers ever gets in, because schools tend to look for applicants who can raise one or both of their medians. You would still be above their GPA median.

Check out http://www.lawschoolpredictor.com It has you at about a 41% chance of admission at Harvard and 45% at Yale. Certainly worth the applications.

41% chance at Harvard sounds about right. Maybe a little generous.

LOL at using LSP for Yale.

rinkrat19

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### Re: Index numbers

duckmoney wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:Yes, the 171 will have a slight advantage over you at Harvard. That's not to say no one with your numbers ever gets in, because schools tend to look for applicants who can raise one or both of their medians. You would still be above their GPA median.

Check out http://www.lawschoolpredictor.com It has you at about a 41% chance of admission at Harvard and 45% at Yale. Certainly worth the applications.

41% chance at Harvard sounds about right. Maybe a little generous.

LOL at using LSP for Yale.

Yes, everyone knows Yale's inscrutable. But I'd still apply if I had those numbers.

LaCumparsita

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### Re: Index numbers

Really? LSP says I have a 47% chance at Harvard and 52% at Yale... although I agree to the LOL at trying to chance Yale haha

JamMasterJ

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### Re: Index numbers

remember that some schools don't really fall into the strict index measuring, like NU, which would take a 171/3.1 over a 169/3.5