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It varies so wildly that it's hard to say. Figure top 10% as a safe bet. But, for instance, at my school there is no pure grade-on. Even top 10% people have to put forth a "good faith effort" in the write-on. Best I can tell, that means submitting something with words on it, and those words must make some vague sort of sense. And no using crayon.
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It depends 100% on the school. Here at UChicago it's the top 10% of the class, but even grade-ons have to do the writing competition and put in a "good faith effort." Other schools have very different requirements. For example, I'm told NYU only has like 3-4% of the class grade on.
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BC does grade-on for the top five students in each of the three 1L sections (usually 85 or so students in each section). Spots are also offered to the top five scorers on the writing competition. The rest of the spots are determined by a blend of 50% GPA, 25% memo, 15% Bluebook exercise, and 10% personal statement.
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For schools that have a grade-on, it's usually 5-10%, often closer to 5%. For schools that don't, it's a total crap-shot. At NU or Penn, that have only spots that are either 100% writing competition or 50/50 writing competition/grades, and relatively large law reviews for their class size, the pool of grades from which law review draws is probably top 20-25%.
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