paglababa wrote:According to TLS, the adcoms are bs-ing except for JS. She gave considerable weight to the guy, who despite having an asshole PS, had the ivy league S undergrad, coupled with high lsat/gpa. Candidate B with the 3.9 and 17X would also get into UVA/Penn/NYU easily. I highly doubt those schools would pick a splitter with a 2.9 Sci bg over the higher numbers. Her military experience was significant, I admit.
Exactly how I felt about it. The Stanford guy sounded like a douche, but I'm sure he would've been admitted to most of these schools.
I understand why they do their usual spiel. They don't want to discourage applications from those who would think it would be a waste to apply. One of the adcoms alluded to it. Lawschool is consumer driven, and rankings matter. They directly mentioned that lawschools will guard their medians because it affects rankings, and rankings affect demand. Overall, spending the two hours watching this was a waste of my time and better spent probably taking a practice RC section.
Obviously numbers are going to be first and foremost. But if they are deciding between similar numbers, I took away a few lessons.
1. Resume is important to paint picture of what you were doing. For instance, showing how many hours you worked during undergrad to offset lack of campus activity.
2. My fear of letters of rec have been affirmed. If you're going back a few years out of school and didn't build relationships with any professors, tough cookies. If you didn't, try to reconnect with professor asap and let them know about your goals, aspirations, and performance in class (bring in a term paper ect).
3. Don't come off offensive in the PS or do anything too controversial. I don't think the PS would make or break an applicant so if it's meh, whatever.
4. Don't write a dumbass addendum. Facts and remorse/growth from experience. Say you're sick or something else was going on if LSAT addendum, not "yea i didn't study first time because my friend in lawschool told me it wasn't so important." Be truthful, but use your judgement.
GET THAT LSAT TO 99th percentile. Because that you do control.