dingbat wrote:How much do numbers matter?
A) if someone has stellar numbers, will s/he basically be admitted if not an axe murderer?
B) if someone has horrible numbers, would s/he have a chance?
Dingbat, I recognize your name so I think I have read some of your posts before.
Numbers are essentially the sine qua non in admissions; if you do not have at least one of the two above the median of the school you are applying to you will likely not get in, and if you are above both medians you will highly likely not get in. As you know, you do not need me or other mealy-mouthed types lie me to tell you, there are wonderful sites that aggregate and predict your chances purely based on numbers. So yes, LSAT and then GPA are far and away the two most important factors.
In this book I seem to be not writing on law admissions I flat our say "IF you are above both medians at the school you dream of attending, don;t buy or read this book". You still could be denied, (and perhaps I should add that at the very top of the food chain there are one, two, or three schools where you should probably still read my book) but for all other the things you would be denied with are things that no advice could undo anyway.
But here is the rub, per se. Most people apply to a range of schools, some of which are safeties and more of which they either split the medians or are slightly below the medians. Put another way, there are a highly limited number if applicants who are above the gpa and LSAT of ALL law school, and most applicants rightfully want to reach upward.
School waitlist a lot more people than I think most people realize, and schools rely heavily on splitters. No one school, even Yale with their huge yield, has a class of people all above both medians. Of course not. So if you split the medians, or if you are slightly below both, there are a huge number of "small ball" type things you can do to elevate and increase your chances.
Does this help and make sense?