Pardon my skepticism, Moose, but I doubt there's section-stacking.
Moose Thompson wrote:There are more than 60 people with merit based, renewable scholarships in section one.
How the heck do you know that 60 people in your section have scholarships, and their specific type of scholarship? Seems odd to me, my friend.
Moose Thompson wrote: Could some of them be lying about it? Sure, but why would they?
If, as I'm guessing, you gathered information from 60+ people in your section at the same time, there's a strong reason to lie--who wants to feel stupider than their peers, especially Type A personality (as most law students are) people?
Moose Thompson wrote: The 2Ls and 3Ls that I'm friends with completely disagree about UF section stacking, but I think there was some stacking this year.
And I'm another one of those that is skeptical. I think it's possible, but even if they do it, I think it would be kept extremely hush-hush. I came from the section that was known as the "gunner" section--and I still don't think that the sections were stacked.
Even at a "big" law school such as UF, sections are small relative to undergraduate populations. It is probably not statistically unlikely that one section would happen to have a group of people with characteristics different than other groups. It probably just seems that UF is grouping people together when it just happens occasionally, just as heads will sometimes occur 8 times in a row when flipping a coin 1,000 times.
Moose Thompson wrote: I feel ridiculous for even saying this, but a friend's uncle who is on the admissions committee told her that they were section stacking this year. They expected a certain number of them to withdraw, and then fill those seats with people from the wait list. They just didn't have as many people withdraw as expected. I don't take that as gospel, but I think it points towards stacking.
Hearsay is often terribly unreliable, but in fairness to you, it's some evidence towards stacking. I wouldn't weigh it too favorably, however.