I agree, that a high GPA in engineering IN ADDITION to a high LSAT score probably is a good indicator of good work ethic and a high level of intelligence. However, your 3.93 in engineering (which you obviously had to work hard for) didn't appear to be weighed any higher than a 3.95 in sociology.
Before anyone says I don't know what I'm talking about, bear in mind that I attended a state school for my freshman year and took a course at a local 4 year college over that winter. A lot of these schools are jokes. Your post seems to imply that a 3.9+ indicates hard work everywhere. It simply isn't true. The classes I took at my first school, ESPECIALLY english, criminal justice, psychology, economics were all easy and didn't require a lot of work. I didn't have to work hard to get an A in them. The computer science courses I took, while somewhat more difficult, didn't require more than a few multi-hour projects and studying for the midterm/final.
Judging all GPA's on the same plane is simply ridiculous.
I wasn't disagreeing with you on the point that not all GPAs are equal, and that some majors and schools are harder than others (although I think a 3.8+ anywhere is pretty impressive). I was disagreeing with you on the idea of making the LSAT even more important, and putting less emphasis on GPA.
P.S. I graduated with a 3.95 NOT a 3.93
I would like for them to put more emphasis on GPA if and ONLY if they are going to try to standardize it (like Southside proposed). If they are going to judge them all equally (as they seem to do), I'd rather them put even more weight on LSAT, as it's the only standardized part of the process.
why do you have such disdain for all disciplines that aren't math or science? to treat all gpa's earned in english, sociology, etc. as if they were meaningless compared with those earned in other majors would certainly not be a fair alternative to expecting students to select classes they could perform very well in.
law schools do receive your rank in the class, and your school's average lsat score -- so while that's not factored into your lsac gpa, it is a way of standardizing or contextualizing your grades.
I don't have such a disdain at all. I was not a math/science major. However, I do realize that the grading curves tend to be much lower in those classes, and thus, it is not fair to not adjust them.
And yes, law schools do receive your rank in the class, and the school's average LSAT, but they don't do anything with them. As I said, these things only serve to break a tie. They'd take a 4.0 from a school where the average LSAT is a 146 over a 3.5 where the school's average LSAT is a 166. That's just the way it is.