faceman9000 wrote:Because it is about medians and not averages, it is always better to be a splitter with one # above the median than to be "balanced" with both #s below. Whether or not justice is served by this system is certainly up for debate.
My impression is that justice IS served, though maybe not in the same sense as you are imagining it, and, that said justice takes a long time to arrive.
Georgetown is a splitter-whore. An admissions person is on the record as having said that if you don't have at least one number at the median, you're a likely out. Michigan, despite all of the smoke they blow, is the second biggest splitter-whore I know of. Two cycles ago they took my friend with a 170 LSAT and a 3.2 from Michigan UG! A 3.2 at Michigan!! "He DID speak Farsi though," said Dean Zearfoss, I'm sure.
Justice comes into the picture when you realize that Michigan has gone nowhere but down over the years (and probably will continue to slide), and Georgetown is about to be toppled by UT or UCLA. I'm really looking forward to seeing which one does it. (I think it will be UCLA). By admitting "numbers" and not people, these schools are really not turning out the A+ grade lawyers they should be. The legal community is catching on, and I think many of their own even know it.