I'll go ahead and answer the question Yes first--if only for the fact that there are fewer of us. Based solely on the stats LSN users provide, my guess is that an adcomm (if they wish) can identify most of their applicants on LSN--and probably all of their black applicants. (Correct me if I'm wrong.) Considering this, could starting and maintaining an LSN account be potentially harmful to one's application cycle?
I can think of two scenarios:
1. Black applicant X applies to 3 T14s and 3 non-T14s. She is accepted to her T14s with $. One of her non-T14s (School B) identifies her on LSN based on her stats and sees that she has been accepted to her T14s with $. School B figures that X will choose one of her T14 options and would likely pass on an admissions offer from School B. Always interested in protecting its yield in the interest of climbing up in the rankings, School B decides to reject X before X can reject School B. But what if X really wants to go to School B? Her LSN might be to blame for her rejection.
2. The same black applicant X gets into her T14s with an LSAT in the low 160s and/or a gpa near 3.5. Her white counterparts, who are largely auto-rejects, see her acceptances, and get
. Might posting this info on LSN whip up more unnecessary and unwelcome furor against affirmative action?
Just a couple thoughts. Paranoia, perhaps. Let me know. What are your thoughts on these scenarios? Can you think of other potentially harmful repercussions to maintaining an LSN account?