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#### CTL

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##### GPA:LSAT Ratio - how schools probably weigh stats
« on: September 23, 2008, 01:46:12 PM »
The all-so-important USNWR rankings uses a ratio of 1:1.5 for GPA:LSAT score.  The median GPA for an incoming class accounts for 10% of the ranking, and the median LSAT score for an incoming class accounts for 15% of the ranking.

Do you think this translates into a similar weighting given at the discretion of adcoms?  In other words, do you think that one's LSAT score is worth 1.5x what one's GPA is worth in his/her application?

If so, I think I've figured a plausible weighting of one's non-URM application.

~34% - GPA
~ 51% - LSAT score
~5% - soft factors
~5% - personal statement
~5% - LORs

What do you guys think?  I probably should be studying for the LSAT instead of coming up with half-baked theories of admission criteria....
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#### GCoop.

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##### Re: GPA:LSAT Ratio - how schools probably weigh stats
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2008, 02:43:40 PM »
The index formulas of various schools speak to this better than anything else.

http://www.lsatreport.com/

#### Trivium

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##### Re: GPA:LSAT Ratio - how schools probably weigh stats
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2008, 01:24:27 AM »
If you call/email the admissions staff some schools will just straight out tell you. Iowa will I know. I think they weight GPA/LSAT together at about 50%.

#### tony_rocky_horror

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##### Re: GPA:LSAT Ratio - how schools probably weigh stats
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2008, 08:09:32 AM »
The index formulas of various schools speak to this better than anything else.

http://www.lsatreport.com/

I wish these indexes would also add a \$\$\$ column to see where the money falls. It's nice to know I am "above range" but it would be even better if it incorp the money aspect.

#### CTL

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##### Re: GPA:LSAT Ratio - how schools probably weigh stats
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2008, 08:38:35 AM »
If you are above range you can almost certainly expect money.
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#### Lindbergh

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##### Re: GPA:LSAT Ratio - how schools probably weigh stats
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2008, 08:39:23 AM »
The link provides index #'s, but no actual formulas. (Though I suppose you could deduce the formula from the info provided.)

That said, it would appear from this chart that LSAT is worth at least twice as much as GPA for most schools.

Most schools almost certainly give LSAT+GPA most of the weight in any admission decision.  I would guess that for most schools, LSAT is worth at least 50% of the total admission decision, and probably more, while GPA is worth around 25%, and the rest coming down to essays and soft factors.