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Friends of mine at Minnesota and Emory have told me that their schools were surprisingly competitive. The way they both explained it to me was that the top of the class had some pretty amazing opportunities job-wise (private and public), while the bottom half seemed to be miles away as far as the doors open to them. A sort of "feast or famine" kind of thing (the words of the UMN grad, who was on law review there), if I understood correctly. I also imagine that schools that routinely transfer a large number, relatively speaking, of students from the top of their class to T14s have a slightly more competitive edge. E.g. Case Western, American, etc.
This data, from last year, is pulled off the NALP directory at nalplawschoolsonline.org. The GPA's vary from year to year but don't deviate significantly so this breakdown is fairly accurate:
Top 10%: 3.518
Top 25%: 3.331
Top 33%: 3.234
Top 50%: 3.048
Top 75%: 2.806
As for the curve, it is harsh but only superficially. Most employers could care less if you have a 2.5 if statistics show that you're in the top 10% of your class. This will just show how harsh the grading curve at X school is. The GPA determines the class rank and it is the rank, which is not affected by the "harsh curve," that matters.