« on: February 15, 2008, 10:51:46 AM »
I think YP arguments are, at least somewhat, ridiculous.
First, the difference in acceptance percentage that would result from YP or not among the top applicants really isn't that signficant. As discussed in a recent thread (too lazy to look it up right now), most of those variables contribute very little to ranking in USNEWS.
Even if it WOULD affect rankings somehow, these are the students that the school would be luring in with scholarships, etc.
I really think a lot of it has to do with the quality of applications they get. Higher ranked applicants, often, put less work into their applications at schools they feel they are presumptive admits. That means little to no optional essays, subpar "WhyPenn/WhyMichigan" Essays, and a general lackluster feel. I think this probably comes off in their essays, and can contribute to the ding.
I'm not saying that YP doesn't happen, but I think that in our efforts to peg law schools as ONLY caring about GPA/LSAT, we fail to give them a little credit where it's due. Instead of thinking that maybe they judge a person based somewhat on quality of application and desire to attend, we create theories that are solely numbers driven to make ourselves feel better. In a majority of cases that we call YP, I call BS.