Forget GW...this school is the biggest LSAT whore I have seen this cycle.
Based on anecdotal evidence: I have a friend with a DUI, no work experience, mediocre gpa, NOTHING in his app.
but a 168 is all you need...
meh, no worse than NU, Duke, Cornell or BU.
Haha no so! My friend didn't get into Duke nor Cornell
I think the main reason for GW's whoreishness is that they are on that tipping point of top 20-top 15 and they have had LSAT scores of entering students at the ~165/166ish range. However, they are really pushing now for that higher average score for their students, so essentially I envision their application screening process this cycle consisting of the director of admissions saying, "Ok, everyone with a 167 or higher is auto-admitted...don't bother reading anything else, just check the score and put them in the 167+ pile here."
I understand all schools are like this to an extent as you pointed out; I copmletely agree, but GW most of all this cycle.