Cade McNown wrote:Too many people to quote, sorry.
No, not new around here, this is my second cycle on TLS. Not a flame. Not fooled by common TLS misconceptions. UG Rep matters. Sure it doesn't matter for USNWR, but last I checked the NYU admissions committee is not USNWR. If you go to a shit UG, and apologies to OP but that's what CUNY BK is, you had better get a 4.0 or else you're toast! The comment about UG class rank and relative position to other BK law school hopefuls was just an attempt to quantify this.
On the flip side, applicants from strong UG institutions with no grade inflation get unofficial GPA bumps from admissions committees. Again grade inflation is discernible by looking at relative position to other LS applicants from your UG, and also through lay impressions of inflation. Some of the strongest UGs, many Ivys for instance, do not get this bump because it is well known that the only hard part is being accepted in the first place. I got all this from personal convos with Berkeley, UCLA, and USC deans and/or committee members. I see no reason why it would be any different at NYU than at the California schools. Berkeley committee member: "We consider a 3.6/3.7 at School X a 4.0." (PM if you care what School X is). Straight from the horse's mouth.
I realize that this is not a popular stance on TLS, whatever. OP, I would urge you to ask this question in other forums/venues besides TLS and see how the answers vary. TLS is great, but the answers aren't always as cut and dried as they seem here.
1. Thousands of dots on LSN disagree with you.
2. Adcomms say all sorts of bullshit that they may believe, even if they don't really practice it. i.e. "We are holistic" even when their admissions process confirms that 95% of what they care about is GPA and LSAT.