ObviouslyMasochistic wrote:On a personal note, I hate the lottery system. I really wish Duke did at least a partial pre-screen. I'm not really sure how much a lottery system helps students at or below median.
I personally agree with this. I’m not in favor of a 100% lottery system either, and I wish that Duke included a partial pre-screen. When I called Career Services at Duke they said that they felt that the lottery system “leveled the playing field” (so to speak), giving every student a fair shot. IMO, that’s nice in theory, but in reality, the top Vault firms that attend Duke’s OCI “have” definite GPA cut-offs. You can hope to impress an interviewer all you want; but unfortunately, this just ends up being a complete waste of everyone’s time. The top student who should have had the interview slot ends up being placed on the waitlist while the student at/below the median gets the interview. My guess is that the firms have limited amounts of time and would really prefer to schedule their own interviews with pre-screened students that had matched their criteria.
But like I said previously, a lot of top law schools use a 100% lottery system, Michigan for one.
At least, Duke has a small class size. The thought of using a 100% lottery system with Michigan's class size is a little more unsettling.