What is a splitter?

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justinmcl
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What is a splitter?

Postby justinmcl » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:03 pm

Seeing this term around a bit, and cannot realize what it means. Is it good, bad, mediocre?

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Re: What is a splitter?

Postby taw856 » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:03 pm

Splitter: High LSAT-low GPA
Reverse splitter: High GPA-low LSAT

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Re: What is a splitter?

Postby justinmcl » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:05 pm

Which one is it better to be? Worse case scenario I am a reverse splitter.

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Re: What is a splitter?

Postby megaTTTron » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:05 pm

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Re: What is a splitter?

Postby Dr. Strangelove » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:06 pm

justinmcl wrote:Which one is it better to be? Worse case scenario I am a reverse splitter.


Typically a high LSAT/low GPA splitter
1.) LSAT is generally the top factor used by most law schools. (Except for Boalttt)
2.) There are more high GPA/low LSAT splitters out there than high LSAT/low GPA splitters.

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Re: What is a splitter?

Postby taw856 » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:10 pm

justinmcl wrote:Which one is it better to be? Worse case scenario I am a reverse splitter.


Overall it's probably better to be a splitter as schools tend to weigh the LSAT heavier than GPA. However, there are also several schools that weigh GPA more than LSAT score -- and regardless of your label the best thing you can do is be above median or above 75% for a school's numbers.

Splitters and reverse splitters end up occupying opposite sides of the same coin because their GPA and LSAT are so far apart that they will inevitably help the numbers of schools they apply to in one category and hurt in the other.

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Re: What is a splitter?

Postby justinmcl » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:12 pm

This is helpful so I will keep coming with the questions lol, GPA is 3.92, say I score 165 (a little lower than my target school average of 167), is this still being a reverse splitter?

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Re: What is a splitter?

Postby quadsixm » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:13 pm

justinmcl wrote:This is helpful so I will keep coming with the questions lol, GPA is 3.92, say I score 165 (a little lower than my target school average of 167), is this still being a reverse splitter?


yep, but slightly

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Re: What is a splitter?

Postby Kobe_Teeth » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:13 pm

I heard Your Mom is quite the splitter! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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Re: What is a splitter?

Postby acrossthelake » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:14 pm

taw856 wrote:
justinmcl wrote:Which one is it better to be? Worse case scenario I am a reverse splitter.


Overall it's probably better to be a splitter as schools tend to weigh the LSAT heavier than GPA. However, there are also several schools that weigh GPA more than LSAT score -- and regardless of your label the best thing you can do is be above median or above 75% for a school's numbers.

Splitters and reverse splitters end up occupying opposite sides of the same coin because their GPA and LSAT are so far apart that they will inevitably help the numbers of schools they apply to in one category and hurt in the other.


Yeah, I'm under the general impression that if you're above the 75th percentile for LSAT at one school, but below the 25% percentile at GPA you're a splitter for that particular school and your results are somewhat unpredictable. From what I've seen, splitters tend to do a lot better than reverse splitters. Also, the term is usually used for people who are splitters at most schools, rather than just some. I'm a splitter at YHS and Berkeley, but I am not considered, in general, a splitter.




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