Fellow obsessor - are you saying they would YP someone with a higher LSAT? I'm 3.3/177, so not all-around impressive on account of the low GPA - should I email them or anything showing my legitimate interest in the school?
I in no way intended to indicate they would YP by denying high LSATs. In fact, the exact wording I was given by the aforementioned adcom member at a law school forum was that "we'll admit those people
[with lsat numbersin the 170's] but they won't come." However, if they do engage in YP I would believe they would consider the whole picture when making a decision about an applicant.
Didn't UCLA have a "Why UCLA" type statement and questions about program contributions? What I've read in other threads is that a strongly expressed interest will protect you from YP.
I'm really not that knowledgeable on the whole YP matter, though.
In your most articulate, non-paranoid sounding, non-offensive way you might want to call admissions and ask if an additional letter of interest is necessary due to the fact that your LSAT is well above the 75% percentile (basically, asking if you have anything to worry about). On the other hand, maybe it is premature for that, as in the unlikely event you aren't admitted I would think they would rather wait-list you then deny you, at which point you can send a LOCI??? Maybe other people can chime in on this; I tend to think you'll get an admit, and that YP is a bit of a boogey man.