englawyer wrote:ariadne86 wrote:For what it's worth, the law adviser of my undergrad institution (HYP) gives us statistics from previous years of the average gpa and lsat scores of admits to top law programs.
The average GPA and LSAT score for admitted students from my school to Harvard 2 years ago, for example, is 3.79/172. When you plug in these numbers to lsp, the prediction is a 40% chance. For Columbia it's 3.70/171, which gives you a 41% chance on lsp. I guess this means people from my school get a slightly better chance since these are the average stats of admitted students, but am not entirely sure how to read this as I am bad at stats.
That info seems a strong indication of a boost. Although it is fairly common knowledge HYP = boost..i think the OP is more referring to a private school in the 30's against a TTT state school.
It would only be "strong" if you were comparing averages vs. averages. Averages vs. medians tells you a lot less, especially since admissions offices act in such a way to maximize their MEDIANS. A school's admitted class is nearly always going to have average numbers that are lower than their medians.
And even if we were comparing medians to medians, you'd have to consider the typical student at HYP is likely to have better softs (more prestigious internships, summer jobs, post-grad jobs, etc.) than the typical student from a big state school.