banjobob wrote:i think everyone over-exaggerates the negatives of being a reverse splitter. I have a 3.92/160 from a top school, so far ive been admitted a bunch of places including Illinois with 15k a year, and I was just recently waitlisted at Virginia. if you've got a stellar, flawless application besides your lsat, sometimes they are willing to look past it
I have a stellar, flawless application... My EC list is varied (sports, leadership positions, highest honors thesis, 4 years in the Army including 2 deployments with multiple decorations, public service [homeless shelter, dancing with the seniors, etc], and it goes on... and on...) and they don't give two craps. I had my PS read by 4 people all of whom possess the finest in academic pedigree (Yale, Oxford, Stanford, Berkeley), I had professors with whom I had great working relationships write my LoRs, and I triple-quadrupled checked all of the information in every. single. one. of my applications. There were no errors. I modified everything that needed to be modified for specific schools, followed every direction to the damn letter.
So, short of them just not liking the TOPIC of my personal statement (Which tied my military time with my ultimate desire to attend law school - Maybe that was a mistake, but has nothing to do with reverse splitting), or my relatively late LSAT (October), I just... don't buy it. I am not saying that you didn't have amazing ECs or that your cycle is just lucky or anything of THAT nature don't get me wrong. But I just cannot agree with you that numbers aren't the primary determining factor of LS admissions. I had several people including my NU interviewer tell me they hadn't seen an EC / activities, both academic and extra curricular, as long and varied as mine in a very long time.
The negatives are ABSOLUTELY not overstated in any way, shape, or form.
I just don't get why you say it is. But congrats nonetheless on UIUC :]