Alexandria wrote:I have no idea about "abandoning hope." With 3.5-3.6, you should be top 20%. But one thing I have heard was that last year, they made the process a bit more grades-centered than it had been. Apparently, before that, a lot of people with the very top grades were not making it on. So the situation was hurting Michigan students in getting the very top clerkships, bc we had LR people w/o the best grades and people with top grades w/o LR. And there are some judges who want both. So what I heard was that the school put pressure on LR to change their process to help rectify the situation.
That's disappointing -- that the school would "pressure" LR to change it's process for this particular reason, and that LR would go along with it. I guess they felt like they had little choice, given they're dependent on the school for most of their support resources. But LR is, at least in theory, supposed to be something different from and complementary to getting top grades, not just another token handed out like candy to the top 10%. I don't know how the selection process differs now from before this, but it is true now that at least 3/4 of the seats are filled by cuts that take grades into account. And the writing-score-only "stage" only fills "up to" 25% of the seats available, so it's anyone's guess how close to 25% they will go. The second cut is grades only, and the third is grades + writing score, with writing score "more heavily weighted," though again, to what degree we don't know.