txgirl1229 wrote:An older friend told me that the 25th percentile almost always hovers around 3.6 after 1L year is over, so I am guessing it will be right around there when our class' numbers are released. I am wondering how to calculate the top 10th percentile from those numbers (or if that's even possible to do accurately). Any math majors? haha, I am over a 3.6, but just wondering exactly where my GPA puts me. I don't find Texas' whole no-rankings policy helpful at all! I like to know where I stand!
Using the formulas from http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=104636&hilit=standard+deviation&start=25
And using the numbers from Class of 2011 after their 1L year, I got these numbers. Remember, of course, that this assumes a normal distribution, which is unlikely to be the case....the numbers will be less accurate at the margin, as the distribution will probably be positively skewed, and the outliers will make things unpredictable in reality. The top 10% may be fairly accurate, but above that, who knows.
Feel free to criticize my uber-rusty math. There was once a time when I wouldn't have had to go looking for the formulas in order to do this
Top 2% = 3.95
Top 5% = 3.83
Top 10% = 3.73
Top 25% = 3.56
Top 33% = 3.49
Median = 3.37
Look below for a visual representation of skewed distributions.