LieutKaffee wrote:For me personally, I'd have to say I've relied heavily on the opinions of TLS posters to form my impressions of LS admissions.
I'd have to say the same thing. At the same time, I try take everything with a (rather large) grain of salt because none of the poster actually is
Here's what I've come to believe by injecting some of my own common sense into all the rhetoric. Any soft factor would have to really stand out to make a huge difference. Most of us don't have such factors. That said, an LSAT score of 170+ is not as common as hanging out in TLS would lead us to believe; only 2% of people reach that bar.
Having a high LSAT/GPA combo does a decent job already of setting people apart. Therefore, as long as your PS/LOR/softs don't HURT you, you are going to be judged largely on the merit of your numbers. Like I said, the soft factors break ties.
The most unfortunate aspect of the rankings game, imo, is that schools' obsession with medians prevents certain candidates from even being considered.