TatteredDignity wrote: JCougar wrote:
TatteredDignity wrote:some lulzy speculation there.
Not really too "lulzy" of speculation, as the person who got #1 instead eventually did go to Y.
I called it lulzy with the benefit of knowing the transfer apps/outcomes for most of the top ten students this year. To say that any individual student would have had a different outcome with +/- 1 rank position misunderstands the chaotic nature of transfer admissions.
But this is irrelevant.
I don't know about your year, but ours was rather predictable by individual rank. #1 went to Y, #2 went to H, and I believe a pair in the top 10 went to NYU. A few others in the top 5% went to Penn and UVA, and (surprisingly) some just within the top third went to Northwestern. One that was close to top third went to UCLA.
I don't think it's irrelevant. Sometimes a third of a GPA point means a lot. Some firms are very strict about their cutoffs. The point is, in LR, you can fuck off the entire semester, and with about 4-6 hours of studying on one night only basically get a small boost to your GPA. Other classes might take you 15 hours of studying to move your GPA up the same amount, if it moves at all. I'd argue that on a hour-per-gpa point basis, LR is well worth the effort.
Plus, if you're not going to get a job through OCI where all they look at is your overall GPA, simply having an extra grade in the 90s makes your transcript look better while glancing over it--especially since non-OCI employers care more about practical skills like research and writing, rather than the number of words you can invent in order to explain a rather simple legal issue.