« on: March 28, 2005, 09:35:46 PM »
Ok lets see:
So the law school starts off by giving you an index number based mainly on the GPA and the LSATs and then forms three piles:
1) The Automatic Accept Pile: Applicants in this pile are virtually assured of being admitted to the school. While the committee will look at the rest of the applicants' files, only unusual circumstances will cause an applicant to be rejected (i.e., conviction of murder, cheating on the LSAT, etc.)
2) The Automatic Reject Pile: Applicants in this pile are immediately rejected from the school. Unfortunately, the committee will not even look at the rest of the file.
3) The Middle Pile: Applicants in this pile can be either accepted to or rejected from the school, based on their indices plus everything else in the file. The academic index for each applicant is high enough to qualify the applicant for admission, but not high enough to guarantee acceptance. Thus, the admissions committee looks at everything else in the applicants' files. As to other criteria, a 1990 survey of law school admissions officers (DeLoggio, Loretta. 1992. DeLoggio Achievement Program) asked that they rank various criteria (other than LSAT and GPA) on a scale of 1-7. The criteria are discussed below in order of importance, based on the averaged answers to the 1990 survey. Remember, these are ranked based on the average response, so law schools will differ in their respective ranking of the criteria.
How accurate is this ranking of importance for admission?
1. Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
2. Grade Point Average (GPA)
3. Personal Statement
4. Letters of Recommendation
5. Undergraduate Institution
6. Grade Trends
7. Major and Difficulty of Courses
8. Work Experience and/or Graduate Degrees
9. Writing Skill (from personal statement and Lsat writing sample)
10. Extracurricular Activities
Another question, do the top law schools care about extracurriculars? I feel that there would be so many people with high GPA and Lsats applying to these top schools that something such as leadership qualities could be the X factor. Please correct any of my misconceptions. Thanks.