Monochromatic Oeuvre wrote:cotiger wrote:Monochromatic Oeuvre wrote:
At/above both medians: 86%
At/above one median and below another: 45%
Below both medians: 9%
At/above both medians: 95%
At/above one median and below another: 62%
Below both medians: 17%
Both may be slightly inflated because both schools dropped medians (and as such comparing last cycle to the last published median will be a little more favorable for the applicants than if the median hadn't dropped).
It seems like NYU and Columbia are two of the most likely to accept a GPA below 25% if the LSAT is above median, and NYU and Michigan are (of the data available) two of the most likely to accept an LSAT below 25% if GPA is above median.
Looks to me like NYU might be guilty of this kind of median gaming you're talking about.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc ... ZN2c#gid=0
CLS and NYU operate on essentially a sliding scale. This is not the same thing as median gaming.
For example, CLS's admissions standards used to be fairly clearly defined with requisite GPAs based on your LSAT:
The GPA could go a little lower if the LSAT was a little higher, but the scale was mostly predictable. With a balanced applicant pool, the acceptances were fairly uniform along that scale, so the medians came out about halfway between the 25th and the 75th. The key thing was that for the most part, someone who was accepted below one median was also well above the other. They weren't accepting 3.8/168 or 3.4/173, for example. NYU does something similar.
Except that the data for CLS doesn't indicate that having an LSAT at or above 75th is any greater advantage for a <25th GPA than merely an at or above median LSAT--they're both about 60%. Of all T14 that have reported, CLS has the biggest jump in acceptance rate when you go from being just below median LSAT to at or just above median LSAT for all GPA levels (except for Harvard's just below median GPA). Also, CLS's acceptance rates for above median GPAs but below median LSATs is the lowest (apart from Yale). CLS doesn't seem to me to have much a sliding scale; it looks more like they are just the school that focuses the most on maintaining that LSAT median. Not that there's anything wrong with that..
Look at Harvard for more of a true sliding scale: they eagerly take below median LSAT if you have >75th GPA, and are even relatively likely to accept you in that case if you're merely above median GPA. They also are more likely than most to take a slightly below median GPA so long as you're at or above median LSAT.