lawschool22 wrote:liammial wrote:+1 to LS22. Within my major, there were profs who were known to be easy graders and profs who were known to be hard graders. Some people purposefully took classes with the easy ones to pad their GPAs, while some students didn't do so. It would be extremely difficult and time-consuming for LS admissions officers to figure out which profs are which.
Many colleges post median grades on transcripts (mine did).Except that the data we have suggests that when it comes to predictive ability, LSAT scores are better than GPA (as GPA is currently used). What's your evidence that the LSAT is "more flawed"?
As I've said already, obviously GPA is less predictive if you literally take raw GPA without accounting whatsoever for school or major (which is what the study you're referring to uses). It's quite easy to account for those, at least a bit.Honestly I don't even know how this can be an argument. Grade inflation has almost completely killed the usefulness of GPA. Sure, it's still helpful if you have an applicant with a crappy GPA, because (barring some credible excuse) it means that they were either overmatched or unmotivated in college. But high GPAs are a dime a dozen these days. Something like 50% of all college grades are A or A- now. This is one of the reasons why so many high-GPA students get so frustrated w/ the LSAT. They assume that their 3.7 means that they are top-level smart. But the LSAT doesn't have grade inflation to save them, and it's a serious wake-up call.
Bottom line: neither GPA nor LSAT is a great predictor of law school success, but colleges have essentially killed the GPA as a useful measurement. So between the two, you have to trust the LSAT more.
Law schools have access to: median grades, average GPA for your class, LSAT scores for your class, etc. They have ample ways to account for grade inflation, if it does in fact exist. Further, you're not competing with applicants from 20 years ago--you're competing with current applicants, under the same grade inflation. (Further, I do not believe there is any justification for grade inflation even existing separate from Harvard (and other schools') kids being smarter than they used to be.) Does MIT not have grade inflation? Law schools need only to look at the school's LSAC report (like the already don't know).
Why do you think top 15 schools are wildly overrepresented at top law schools? The kids being brighter--and thus scoring higher on the LSAT--can't account for all of it.
Dear god man, don't you see why a median GPA for your school is not helpful?
Compare the following four students:
UG median GPA: 3.5
Student A: Journalism major, 3.8
Student B: Journalism major, 3.2
Student C: Engineering major, 3.4
Student D: Engineering major, 3.8
Who do you admit? Note that's not rhetorical. Pick one.
Sorry, I meant mine published median grades for every class (eg. In Bio I got an A- and the median grade was a B).