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Law School Admissions / Re: Academic Excellence VS. Work Experience
« on: March 24, 2008, 10:13:26 PM »

Ah, yeah.  .48 and .49 for the r's.  Not good values in an absolute sense for actually generating predictions, but pretty stunningly robust in a social science context. 

I wouldn't consider a multiple correlation of .48 "stunningly robust," even for cross-sectional data. This value, which implies an r-squared of .23, indicates (roughly) that only 23% of the variation in first-year grades can be attributed to ex ante differences in UGPA and LSAT scores. And LSAC admits that the 23% achieved in 2003 “is high” relative to other years. The LSAT alone explains only 13% of the variation. A microeconomic model with an r-squared of .23 would have difficulty surviving peer-review, especially if the model was built solely for prediction. (Notable exceptions certainly exist.)

I find this somewhat dismaying considering the relative weight adcoms place on numbers. But you're right. As it stands, it's the best indicator they've got...


Sunstein has written something pertaining to everyone's thesis. Seriously.

If you want to ask him something, I'd e-mail him.

True, although his new appointment at Harvard as director of the Program on Risk Regulation directly pertains to my thesis. I've cited five or six of his articles in my proposal alone.

You're right, though, I should probably just email him.

Law School Admissions / Re: Arrest on record
« on: March 20, 2008, 09:08:12 PM » question is whether or not this type of arrest would keep me from being arrested...

I don't know how to answer that...

Will being arrested for petty theft affect my chances at being admitted into a top law school?

It may affect your chances, but a good addendum should quell the situation, especially if your record is otherwise clean. I would consider a recent DUI more egregious than a minor shoplifting arrest 10 years ago.

Law School Admissions / Re: Deferred at Harvard
« on: March 20, 2008, 08:39:33 AM »

Wow, your bumpage totally got my heart racing.

Yeah, I never expected things to take this long. Unfortunately, HYS can take as long as they want because they know many of us will drop our plans if we get in, even if we don’t hear until June or July.

I guess it’s better than medical school. My friend applied in August and has only heard from half the schools he applied to.



I'm getting excited for ASW - do you guys have any advice or comments concerning ASW? My wife's also coming, that won't be awkward, right? Would it be pointless to rent a car? - we want to look at a few apartments. Is it possible to meet with professors? One professor in particular has done a lot of research that relates to my thesis, and I'd be interested in briefly meeting with him.

Law School Admissions / Re: Boalt Matching Program
« on: March 16, 2008, 07:21:54 PM »
I got 60 from GULC and 27 from Michigan, so I'm not sure if I should go with GULC b/c it's more money, or Michigan b/c it's higher ranked?

I also wondered about a similar trade-off (matching lower-ranked and greater money vs. higher-ranked and less money). I went with the scholarship from the lower-ranked school. I haven't heard back yet, and I don't know which is better or which to recommend. From talking to a Boalt student on LSD, it seems Boalt's more likely to give funds to people they like, regardless of which scholarship they try to match. It may be worthwhile to call the admissions office?

On a related note - has anyone received a matching-scholarship offer or rejection this year?

Law School Admissions / Re: REJECTED, ETC. TODAY
« on: March 16, 2008, 12:25:42 AM »
I came back from Spring Break to find a small letter from Yale.

Yep, rejected.  :'(

It appears my love for YLS has been tragically unrequited.

Law School Admissions / Re: Toby Stock Call Thread
« on: March 13, 2008, 11:46:54 AM »

No one's heard anything since the deferral, right?

Law School Admissions / Re: Financial Aid at t14 (Legal Academia)
« on: March 13, 2008, 11:35:26 AM »
I think NYU is the only one... I would love to hear if there are others that have similar programs.

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