flypelicanfly wrote:I feel like the LSAC and the LSAT are big rip-offs that don't do anything but make the law school admissions process expensive (so expensive), and shallow. I don't think you can tell anything about someone from a standardized test, or at least, anything meaningful. Schools have to keep their medians up and rising to stay competitive in very powerful nonsense rankings like US News. It's a bummer. Also, I wouldn't trust the LSAC or anyone else associated with the status quo of the admissions world to judge the utility of such a huge money maker.
But, to be fair, I think narrative evaluations should replace grades and testing, so no one is really asking me for my opinion about this. I'm just giving it because I've been lurking on this forum constantly since I turned in my app.
Anyway, anyone get in (or not in) this afternoon?
I disagree about them making the process shallow. A quantification of ability on some means is far better than trying to look at the qualifications. LSAT puts us all on a fair playing ground. My GPA is right at average for my degree, but far below that of law school medians for pretty much most schools. The variance between what classes you take, what school you went to, what degree you pursued, etc. makes GPA a horrible way to compare candidates. The LSAT puts us all on a standard playing field of evaluation.
Furthermore you get more chances at an LSAT. One bad test day can be made up, one or two bad semesters can nearly crush your GPA. LSAT measures how hard you can work, and apply certain skills to a particular question(s) at hand especially in response to logical consideration. That compared to GPA means the LSAT will always win out.