« on: September 12, 2007, 02:00:18 AM »
This is a pretty LSAT-specific admissions question so I thought I'd post it here. However, please let me know if I should move it to the LSAT board.
Just had a quick question. I know the whole admissions process is abstract and there aren't any discrete standards (well for the most part anyway), but with regards to the LSAT -- do you guys know whether committees evaluate an applicant's score primarily in comparison to the percentile in general (ie 172 = 99%, period), in comparison to others in the same ethnic background (there might be fewer 170s percentage-wise for some ethnicities than others), to geography (170 might be rarer from 1000-population Bumbletown, middle-of-nowhere US than from Boston or NYC), or in comparison to others from the same undergrad school? I know it's never cut and dry, but do you guys know which typically factors the most?
Reason I'm asking is that I might edge out a bit on geographical/ethnic basis (don't want to seem like a jerk or anything -- note the heavy emphasis on "might" here) but it'd be more difficult to edge out my undergrad percentiles, since my school's median is 164-165. Of course I'm just gonna study my butt off and try to score as high as possible, but I'm not sure what my score is yet and I don't know what I'll be up against. Need to see how realistic my chances are in which schools (especially with less-than-stellar GPA).
As usual, thanks in advance.