Yep, it kinda sucks huh? Luckily, of those tens of thousands of d1 athletes, only a fraction are applying to LS and only a fraction of that fraction are able to get into the schools you can. Being a d1 athlete is probably a stronger soft for the elite law schools than is an impressive internship or student gov (sorry scoobz) just due to the fact that such internships and student involvement are probably super common amongst the applicants to such schools.
haha I'm aware.
Also, this was more prevelant when apply to UG, but at some point, softs stop being necessary and start just proving what you did with your time. Like, if you did nothing in UG, you should have a 4.0--school doesn't take up that
much time. In that case almost, "average" doesn't mean much. I kind of take "average" to mean "I did stuff outside of school, I worked after I graduated." Where "below average" is "I had way more free time than acceptable" and "above average" "what I did took much more time than most activities and than what most people did during UG." Maybe throw in prestige, too, if you want, but for the most part, I find it hard to believe one prestigious internship for five hours a week would outweigh a less prestigious internship for fifteen (on it's face--the prestigious one could obviously be correlated with other things).