The actual goal of the admin committee

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The actual goal of the admin committee

Postby jpal13 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:29 pm

Are schools more interested in your numbers to pull up their rankings or are they really more concerned with the whole picture? Simple question, probably impossible to answer. It would be great if someone from an admin committee actually gave their insight on this forum!

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Re: The actual goal of the admin committee

Postby Helmholtz » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:32 pm

I am on the admin board at Abraham Lincoln Law (was previously at Thomas Jefferson Law and Franklin Pierce Law (I'm working my way through the Presidents)). We look at the whole picture. Good luck!

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Re: The actual goal of the admin committee

Postby jpal13 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:35 pm

That's awesome, can I ask another question since you have identified yourself? Is everyone on the committee given a general group instruction about what each school would like in their specific class? What has been the general view on students aged 30+?

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Re: The actual goal of the admin committee

Postby jpal13 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:41 pm

Also, if you don't mind my asking, what is your background that makes them want you on admin committees and who are the people on the admin committee generally? Are they mainly professors, professionals in the field, law school students. etc?

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Re: The actual goal of the admin committee

Postby stuffnuff » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:44 pm

He's messing with you.

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Re: The actual goal of the admin committee

Postby jpal13 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:50 pm

Oh...

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Re: The actual goal of the admin committee

Postby prezidentv8 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:02 pm

Sadness. :(

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Re: The actual goal of the admin committee

Postby 071816 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:05 pm

LOL

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Re: The actual goal of the admin committee

Postby jpal13 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:07 pm

I am very gullible, but I would love to know what are the qualities/professions of people on admin committees if anyone has some insights.

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Re: The actual goal of the admin committee

Postby rinkrat19 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:07 pm

jpal13 wrote:Are schools more interested in your numbers to pull up their rankings
Yes

jpal13 wrote:or are they really more concerned with the whole picture? Simple question, probably impossible to answer.
Not really. In most cases, all other factors are used as tiebreakers. There are exceptions (the cancer-curing, blind, Nobel laureate Olympic medalist may actually get accepted with lower numbers).

jpal13 wrote:It would be great if someone from an admin committee actually gave their insight on this forum!
They're going to say they look at the whole picture, whether that's true or not. Your job is to use your logic skills, perfected by LSAT study, to decide which is more likely.

If you really want input from adcomms, click the 'Interviews' link up at the top of this page, and read them critically and logically. There you go.
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Re: The actual goal of the admin committee

Postby jpal13 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:08 pm

I'm going with the numbers and hope I did good on my Oct LSAT.

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Re: The actual goal of the admin committee

Postby thelawyler » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:58 pm

I think most people have to assume that you're not a special or unique snowflake and you are actually just like everybody else who is applying to law schools.

It's all numbers and self interest except for the tie-breaking moments.

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Re: The actual goal of the admin committee

Postby Curious1 » Sun Oct 16, 2011 12:15 am

Well what about splitters? I would say non number factors can influence those cases.

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Re: The actual goal of the admin committee

Postby shoeshine » Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:23 am

I love the first couple posts of this thread.

The answer is no. You are largely considered by ad comms as a number based off of your GPA and LSAT. All schools claim they look at the "whole package" but the sharp cutoffs in their acceptance data seems to suggest otherwise.

Of the top schools, Berkeley does seem to be a exception to this. Although no one is sure what they base their admissions on.

URMs are also rumored to be evaluated more holistically.




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