DerrickRose wrote:splittinghairs wrote:Helmholtz wrote:DerrickRose wrote:From the completely unsubstantiated rumor bin that I thought of today and will now share:
Illinois has a program called iLeap that is an experimental thing that the ABA is allowing on a five-year test basis. Essentially it allows Illinois undergrads to apply and be admitted to Illinois law school without taking the LSAT. They use ACT scores and various other hoops that other applicants wouldn't have to go through. This started with the class of 2013, I'm not sure on the number of students admitted.
What if the discrepancy in the medians is the result of Illinois admitting reverse splitters through the iLeap program and then just not reporting their LSAT scores? Wouldn't that be a plausible explanation? The program would essentially allow you to pad the stats with a bunch of 3.8's and 3.9's, while having no effect on the LSAT number at all. Those students would likely take the LSAT eventually anyway to see if they could get into a better school, but if they bomb it, then they probably fall back on their Illinois acceptance, right? Then does Illinois report those scores or not? In hypothetical defense of our admissions department, why should they? Those students were already admitted.
Just a thought I had. I doubt we ever find out the full story here, I don't get the sense that Bruce Smith is the sort of guy that runs an organization that leaks.
Also, how does this explain the GPA being way off?
I can't. But there isn't nearly the GPA discrepancy that there is with the LSAT. 163 was a jaw-dropper.
going from 3.8 to 3.7 is a HUGE difference