toolshed wrote:Forgive me if this has been covered, but is there a stat level that will make not interviewing okay? I haven't signed up for an interview, and for various reasons I don't think I am going to do so. What is considered "safe" w/o interview?
The school has never come out and said this directly, but I still maintain that if admissions can pull in a class of 190 students, all of whom have spoken with or met an adcomm/alumnus, and still keep or raise medians at 168+ and 3.7ish+, then they'll do it. There's a lot to be said for meeting the person behind the numbers. School also hasn't to my knowledge surveyed alumni since beginning the interview program, but I expect most alumni want to see it become mandatory or at least "strongly encouraged" over the next couple of years (similar to Northwestern).
I'm not saying you or anyone else who chose not to interview won't end up becoming great lawyers simply because you declined an interview, but for practical purposes it makes sense to screen everyone prior to admission and to only let in those who made it past the screen.
That said, while they're in the transitional phase my guess is that if your numbers are above both 75ths you're probably still a lock, and possibly if you're above both medians. Otherwise, it just depends on how many of your numerical equivalents managed to pass an interview. (From what it sounds like most people do fine, so it's not necessarily a big hurdle to clear.)
If you're concerned it might make sense to contact school and request an interview, even though the deadline has passed. It can't hurt unless your circumstances actually prohibit you from making a phone call.
[edit after seeing your numbers: yeah, you are probably ok if everything else in your application checks out. g'luck... I still say it can't hurt to call.]