rayiner wrote: b.j. wrote:
Aeon wrote:I'd think that to a certain extent, all of the top law schools factor numbers into their review process (they are the most convenient way of directly quantitatively comparing applicants), although it does seem that some are more willing to overlook lower scores in favor of a compelling application than others.
Based on what I've seen and heard anecdotally, Michigan has one of the most holistic review processes. It seems that Michigan thoroughly reviews all applications and is willing to deny applicants who might have high numbers but who have some other characteristics to give the admissions office pause.
But is the opposite true? It sounds like you're describing a situation where the objective factors even out so they use more subjective factors to start knocking people out. That makes a lot of sense.
What happens, though, when they have someone that doesn't meet their numbers (not that they are completely out of line, but say a good enough LSAT score and a crappy GPA, for instance) but has the some sort of hook that might make them stand out? Do the top schools even get to the point where they'd notice something like that, or do they start the process by using numbers and then move on from there? The latter sounds more believable, particularly for the top schools.
If you have a ridiculous LSAT score, schools will at least read your app regardless of GPA.
I don't mean to seem dense, but define "ridiculous." Obviously, a 179 would probably mean automatic admission at most schools that aren't at the very top, but if you have a score that is, say, three points above the 75th for a school in the middle of the Top 100 (a 167 versus a 164, for instance), does mean you've got a good shot regardless of what else your application looks like? What if you're lacking in some other areas, like GPA?
I know some schools are bigger stat whores than others, but all schools are to a large extent, it seems. But, what, exactly is the point where you are in because of your LSAT score regardless of what your application looks like, assuming you're not a sex offender?