Students who go to the top 14 schools get better grades and lsat scores than everyone else. They may even be smarter than everyone else.
I wish that someone could do an experiment and take all of the students at Yale, and put them in a T2 school. Then take the students from the T2 school and put them at Yale.
Would the tables suddenly turn?
I don't really have any idea what would happen, but it would be cool to see the results.
I aggree that LSAT is a good measurement of what makes a sucessful lawyer. It's possible that the ability to do well on the LSAT accounts for about 25% of the skills it takes to be a good lawyer.
I think GPA is a bunch of crap though. What is the quality difference between a 3.0 and a 3.5 student? Is that difference equal to the quality difference between a 3.4 and a 3.9? What about a 2.5 and 3.0?
What's the real correlation between undergrad GPA and Law GPA?
Maybe the average T2 student won't make a better lawyer than the average T14 student.
But a lot of T2 students will be better lawyers than a lot of T14 students even though the T2ers went to "less respected" schools.