According to NSL's website, the admissions index is computed by multiplying an applicant’s LSAT score by 80% and adding it to the GPA x 10. The target index number for admission is 140.
Let's do a hypothetical to asses the likely quality of the student body.
Person A has an LSAT score of 140 and a GPA of 3.0.
LSAT 140(80%) = 112
GPA 3.0(10) = 30
INDEX = 142
As you can see, the candidate with a 140 LSAT score and a 3.0 is actually two points ABOVE the admissions index for NSL. This means that if the GPA were slightly higher, the LSAT could be even lower than a 140.http://www.nashvilleschooloflaw.net/about.aspx
In contrast, Cooley requires that an applicant have an LSAT of at least 143. http://www.cooley.edu/admissions/admformula.htm
Therefore, it is actually much harder to get into Cooley than NSL, because Cooley has a cutoff at 143 for LSAT scores. At NSL, if a candidate had a 4.0, he/should could be admitted with a 125 LSAT:
LSAT 125(80%) = 100
GPA 4.0(10) = 40
INDEX = 140Hence, NSL may well be admitting people with LSATs as low as 125, which is a FULL 18 POINTS BELOW COOLEY'S MINIMUM LSAT REQUIREMENT.
A 125 LSAT means the candidate marked about 5 questions correctly. Marking "A" for every answer without opening the test book would yield a higher score.
Finally, Cooley is ABA accredited, and NSL is not.
Sorry NSL people, but I had to do it. You were acting like cocky dipshits, and the numbers don't lie.
HTH and pwn3d!