No. Northwestern is as far as I know the only one, UChi on rare occasions and Harvard by phone.
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NYU is most certainly a private university. This is not even something that should be remotely in doubt to anyone to is even thinking about applying to a top 5 law school. You have got to be kidding me.
maybe it's not common knowledge outside the northeast. i mean come on, berkeley's a top school and they're public. why couldn't someone think that the same was true for nyu?
For one thing, NYU's not a top school.
You say that people's soft factors with lower numbers (at Yale) can get them chosen over candidates with higher numbers. So in this situation, good enough soft factors override numbers. Yet in a situation where numbers are equal - soft factors can't override numbers? In this situation, Yale would choose numbers, even though there is no large number difference between the candidates, but choose soft factors when there is?
So a 176/3.8 with amazing soft factors would be less desirable to Yale than a 176/3.9 with nothing but 3.6/167 with amazing soft factors would be chosen over a 3.8/170? (for example).I just don't think this is right.
I don't think you can 'prove' what it is that makes a school take a candidate but you can make an educated guess. Schools say they value soft factors, outliers often get through on soft factors - but talking about soft factors is 'lazy'? It could be that all the candidates reviewed after lunch are dinged because the adcoms have indigestion. Just because we can't disprove it doesn't make it the most sensible theory. Just because adcoms may ding on completely random things we can't measure doesn't make a theory based on soft factors stupid or unhelpful. Not sure why you think it does.
All those are soft factors, since they aren't numerical. The only thing that wouldn't be is if they made the decisions entirely randomly.Actually they're not, but if you chose to stretch the definintion of soft factors to whatever suits you to still complete your argument, this will be getting pretty retarded. Soft factors are things like work experience, volunteer work, military background, stuff like that. Your academic record is not a soft factor by a long shot. It's as hard as they get.
BTW, there's wasn't a single non-URM on LSN accepted to NYU with <169, <3.65 last year (except the obviously fake dfturner), despite their tremendously high acceptance rate overall, so I'm not seeing these lower-number candidates who get in.