medians vs. 75/25 percentiles

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medians vs. 75/25 percentiles

Postby jd5 » Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:10 pm

Given that U.S. News & World Report seems to only track 25th/75th percentiles for GPA and LSAT, I'm wondering the extent to which median GPA/LSAT factors into a school's admissions decisions. Obviously, other things being equal, a higher GPA or LSAT will always be preferred. But in terms of law schools making admissions decisions with an eye towards their U.S. News rankings, does it matter where an applicant falls in relation to the median GPA/LSAT, or is it really all about whether he/she is below the 25th, above the 75th, or in between?

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Re: medians vs. 75/25 percentiles

Postby bk1 » Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:14 pm

You realize that it is the median number that goes into the USNWR ranking formula, right?

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Re: medians vs. 75/25 percentiles

Postby jd5 » Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:19 pm

Well that's embarrassing. I did not.

Does U.S. News use that number but just not report it? I'm on U.S. News right now, and I'm only seeing 75th/25th percentile numbers.

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Re: medians vs. 75/25 percentiles

Postby jd5 » Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:22 pm

I guess those numbers are behind the paywall?

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Re: medians vs. 75/25 percentiles

Postby bk1 » Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:22 pm

They do use the number. http://www.usnews.com/education/best-gr ... ology-2012

The information might be behind their paywall though.

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Re: medians vs. 75/25 percentiles

Postby jd5 » Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:24 pm

Yeah, it looks like it's behind the paywall. Which is unfortunate.

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Re: medians vs. 75/25 percentiles

Postby duckmoney » Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:35 pm

Almost every school will publish their median LSAT on their website. It's usually not difficult to find.

But yes, this is the number you should be concerned about. If you're above it but below the 75th percentile, then boosting your LSAT above the 75th percentile won't help you that much in terms of admission. The 75th percentile is somewhat important to schools, mostly for bragging rights, but is not nearly as important as the median which goes into the USNWR formula.

Granted, schools will often give you a boost in scholarship if you can crack the 75th percentile, so it could be useful for this. Schools don't disclose their scholarship formulas, though, and they're quite difficult to figure out even looking at applicants on LSN.

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Re: medians vs. 75/25 percentiles

Postby JDizzle2015 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:51 pm

jd5 wrote:Yeah, it looks like it's behind the paywall. Which is unfortunate.

Here are the most up-to-date compiled medians for many t1 schools:

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=163250&p=4694840

HTH.




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