*Disclaimer: I didn't read this entire thread.
The answer is that it depends:
1. Some law schools force firms to interview more candidates than they want to, so a lot of students may be preselected that didn't have a real chance of actually getting a CB. Sometimes this is accomplished through lottery - and other times through preselect.
2. When deciding on who to give a call back to, firms do compare candidates from different schools. This is necessary as they can't call back everyone, and sometimes firms don't call back anyone from certain schools at which they have interviewed.
3. Because OCI is not exactly the same time across all schools, firms sometimes interview candidates that they otherwise would not interview if they, at the time of deciding who to offer preselects to, had access to all of the candidates that would apply to them for that OCI cycle. For example, if HYS (etc.) had a later OCI than GW/BU/BC, a firm may interview more people at GW/BU/BC than they would have if they had had access to HYS students beforehand GW/BU/BC (this is merely a hypothetical; I don't know who has OCI first). I imagine that this principle also applies to URMs, although we won't find quantifiable verification of this.
4. Mass mailing is different than OCI. If you are "in" for an interview through mass mail, and they have access to your transcripts, then you are clearly within their CB range. This is a reasonable assumption to make, as they would not waste their time with you otherwise.
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