Is lawschoolnumbers really that helpful?

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poorperson
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Is lawschoolnumbers really that helpful?

Postby poorperson » Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:45 pm

This may be the wrong forum... sorry.

But how helpful is lsn, really?

First of all, couldn't people lie? It's not like all the data on there is verified to be accurate.

Second of all, people may be less inclined to report rejections than acceptances, so the data that IS on there may mistakenly lead someone to believe they have a better shot than they actually do at a certain school.

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minnbills
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Re: Is lawschoolnumbers really that helpful?

Postby minnbills » Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:47 pm

It's the best chances-gauging tool out there IMO.

There are problems, but I think admissions trends play out well enough on the graphs that it's a great tool.

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JamMasterJ
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Re: Is lawschoolnumbers really that helpful?

Postby JamMasterJ » Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:48 pm

Yes. It's not verifiable, but it is definitely worthwhile.

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Re: Is lawschoolnumbers really that helpful?

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:49 pm

Although some data may be incorrect, lawschoolnumbers.com is a helpful guide regarding liklihood of acceptance, rejection or waitlist decisions by particular law schools as well as sharing scholarship information. Some of the graphs reveal definitive patterns.

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NYC Law
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Re: Is lawschoolnumbers really that helpful?

Postby NYC Law » Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:56 pm

It is for tier 1 schools since they all have enough applicants on LSN so that you can have a pretty good idea of where you fall, what schools are targets/reaches/safeties etc. I imagine it isn't very helpful for less popular schools, you'll have to rely on LSP, medians, and index formula (and relative weight of each factor) to get an idea.

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Bildungsroman
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Re: Is lawschoolnumbers really that helpful?

Postby Bildungsroman » Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:57 pm

Law schools seem to do their damnedest to make sure there's as little information about raw numbers, floors, etc. out there as possible, so LSN is inordinately useful.

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bport hopeful
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Re: Is lawschoolnumbers really that helpful?

Postby bport hopeful » Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:08 pm

Its true that people could lie, but you arent really looking for individuals with LSN, you are more looking for patterns.

With the exception of 1 school, LSN "predicted" my cycle accurately.

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NYC Law wrote:It is for tier 1 schools since they all have enough applicants on LSN so that you can have a pretty good idea of where you fall, what schools are targets/reaches/safeties etc. I imagine it isn't very helpful for less popular schools, you'll have to rely on LSP, medians, and index formula (and relative weight of each factor) to get an idea.

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