Honestly, I never viewed numbers as entitlement. Especially LSAT score. I realize it shows an aptitude for a certain type of thinking, but I always thought Berkeley and Stanford were smart for favoring GPA. I know GPA has a lot of room to be variable--but if you skated by with an "easy" 4.0, you know who you are.
Either way, GPA and LSAT, in my opinion, tell a very minor part of the story. That's why I loved Yale's app, because I felt it really gave the applicant the ability to tell their entire story.
+1. Couldn't agree more. I know the debate over LSAT score is endless, but I think even the best lawyer would be hard pressed to make the argument that a kid who gets 5 questions wrong on the LSAT is guaranteed to be a more successful attorney than one who got, say, 8 or 9 questions wrong. Put that way, the idea seems ludicrous. A holistic approach seems way, way more intuitive.
Anyway, this probably isn't the best thread for the above discussion, so back to Duke. Do most schools do what Duke did for us PT admits and admit us, then send us a merit-based aid form, then decide on aid. Or will most schools let us know what kind of aid we get in our admission letters?