if 10 people applied, then yeah, being at the median would be pretty good. but, when 2000 people apply, being at the median can't be considered a shoe-in.

But it's the median of the entering class - not the median of the applicants. Does it matter how many people apply? If 250 people are admitted- based on my stats wouldn't I be somewhere in the middle? Therefore approximately 50% of the class would have lower numbers than me?

Thanks for your help ..

yeah, it's the median of the entering class, but my point was this...

If there's like 2000 applicants, and the medians are 3.5/160. Well, it would be nice if the applicants were all ranked, and that applicant 1's numbers > applicant 2's numbers > ... so that the law school would simply admit the best 250 students, and then you would know exactly where you stand.

However, since a school publishes its median numbers, then they are likely to get a large number of applicants with very similar numbers, and those numbers would be very similar to the median. For example, if school X has median 4.00/180, then I won't apply there since i won't get in. But, if it has median 3.5/160 and if those are my numbers, or close to them, then I will apply there. And, because there are so many law schools, it is likely that a school has a tonn of applicants that apply with numbers similar to their medians. Lets say, out of the 2000 applicants, 1500 have numbers "close" to the median of last years entering class.

But out of those 1500, they can only admit 250 ... doesn't look so good. I think I'm making reasonable assumptions. Obviously 75% of all applicants being borderline cases is exaggerating a bit ... but i was just trying to make a point

So it is true that only 50% of the class would have worse numbers than you, but it's also true that everyone rejected will have close to the same numbers as you also