Accuracy of law school prediction sites

cwest131
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Accuracy of law school prediction sites

Postby cwest131 » Sun May 16, 2010 8:28 pm

How accurate are these site for the predicting the law school admission, and are there any site that shows how to calculate Lsat GPA.

http://lawschoolcalculator.com

http://www.lawschoolpredictor.com/wp-co ... ograms.htm

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Re: Accuracy of law school prediction sites

Postby TheOpossum » Sun May 16, 2010 8:36 pm

LS predictor got my cycle right, I was accepted to everything it said I would be, and rejected/wl'd at everywhere that it said would "strong consider, consider and weak consider" me. So, based on my little anecdotal evidence, I must say, without a doubt, it's a perfect tool.

Seriously though, it was pretty accurate, law school is mostly a numbers game, and LSpredictor does it well enough. You'll find plenty of flops, moments when it fails hard, because softs do, sometimes, matter. Use Law School Numbers a bunch too, that really helped me.

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You Gotta Have Faith
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Re: Accuracy of law school prediction sites

Postby You Gotta Have Faith » Sun May 16, 2010 8:49 pm

cwest131 wrote:How accurate are these site for the predicting the law school admission, and are there any site that shows how to calculate Lsat GPA.

http://lawschoolcalculator.com

http://www.lawschoolpredictor.com/wp-co ... ograms.htm


Out of these two I would tend to prefer the latter one (more because it seems truer to what my results were than anything else). But none of them are completely flawless. They all have room for error as some competitive schools will admit a few lower numbered people (URM and non-URM) every year. And likewise, some mid-range schools are hell-bent on yield protecting against really strong numbered applicants.

The sites also don't appear to take into account certain things that are just well known about schools. For example... if you have a 158, 3.95... it'll give you a *shot* at Stanford (certainly as a URM, and to a lesser degree as a non-URM), even though Stanford has consistently shown year after year that the lowest LSAT it will accept from anybody is a 160. Maybe that's coincidence with these schools, I don't know. There probably IS a *chance*.

I do think sites like this are weakest at predicting splitters in particular. Buuuut, LS predictor does seem to do at least a decent job at somewhat rectifying this. For example, the right kind of splitter gets a weak consider or even consider from schools like Wisco, Wustl, UIUC, IU-B, Iowa, etc. and a flat-out deny from places like Brooklyn.

As always, there is a lot to be said for perfecting the part of your application that isn't numbers (PS, LORs, resume, etc.). This is the aspect that you have the most control over and doing well with it is sometimes underestimated.

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Re: Accuracy of law school prediction sites

Postby cwest131 » Sun May 16, 2010 9:02 pm

TheOpossum wrote:LS predictor got my cycle right, I was accepted to everything it said I would be, and rejected/wl'd at everywhere that it said would "strong consider, consider and weak consider" me. So, based on my little anecdotal evidence, I must say, without a doubt, it's a perfect tool.

Seriously though, it was pretty accurate, law school is mostly a numbers game, and LSpredictor does it well enough. You'll find plenty of flops, moments when it fails hard, because softs do, sometimes, matter. Use Law School Numbers a bunch too, that really helped me.

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Re: Accuracy of law school prediction sites

Postby dextermorgan » Sun May 16, 2010 9:14 pm

cwest131 wrote:How accurate are these site for the predicting the law school admission, and are there any site that shows how to calculate Lsat GPA.

http://lawschoolcalculator.com

http://www.lawschoolpredictor.com/wp-co ... ograms.htm

I like http://www.lawpad.com/gpa_calculator/.




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