an informal examination by myself yields the following schools as having an abnormally large difference.UCLA, Northwestern, Berkeley, Texas, Illinois, UWashington, UWisconsin. looking only at relatively top tier schools.schools that have a very small difference includeChicago, Cornell, Vandy, USC, Notre Dame, GW, BU, BC, EmoryOther than texas, the schools with large differences do not seem to be notably larger than the schools with especially small differences, nor do we see any particular geographical bias. Northwestern is going to appear because of its emphasis on non-traditional/experienced applicants, but otherwise the top schools are all public and the bottom are all private. Does anyone know if the bottom schools have a greater reputation for being cut throat than the top schools?
I subscribe to a more holistic approach, but it may be a useful element to consider, given the fear that many people have of ending up in the bottom of their class. I only really looked at top tier schools because any reasonably personable and somewhat hard working person above the bottom 30 percent should be perfectly employable out of any of these places, though not necessarily their first choice job. If you look at it, a place like lewis & clark also has a very large spread, but they are going to have pull almost nowhere outside of oregon so the people outside of the top 1/3 are going to have issues. or so I would imagine.
Ummm...You do realize that NO ONE is competing to get into the bottom quarter of the class, right? There are no law schools with weak competition. Its a zero sum game. Every grade point earned above the median is someone else's loss. Whether the entire class is hyper competitive or just the top three quarters, there's still way more people who want to be at the top of the class than can be. The students set the competition, not the school. Your only hope for weak competition is to go to a school where your numbers are way above the 75% averages. Unless you're a genius, this will probably not be a very good school. Also, you have to remember that LSAT performance has little to do with law school performance.
Your replies find me very confused.