A few words about law school discussion boards, forums, blogs, and other unofficial sources of information about law school admissions processes: Please be skeptical consumers of what you read from these sources. Frankly, as future lawyers, you should be naturally skeptical and analytical about unsupported assertions, but it is becoming increasingly clear that once rumor and misinformation find purchase in one of the more popular web locations for law school applicants, it is a challenge for admissions offices to correct the record.
Help us help you!
We know that a combination of excitement, anxiety and a healthy thirst for information are going to drive many applicants to find out every bit of information they can about our school and our peer institutions, and we know you are going to visit these websites. We are encouraged and humbled by your enthusiasm for our law school and the zeal with which many of you pursue the answers to the questions you have: Am I a competitive candidate? Have I done everything I can to maximize my chances? If got a bad grade in my freshman year, will I be disqualified? If my LSAT score is above or below the median by a certain number of points will I automatically be rejected or admitted?
However, this cycle we already know there have been inaccurate rumors floating about concerning supposed changes in how we and other schools view LSAT scores and how central they are to our review process, the timing of our decision letters, and how we deal with Early Decision files that get postponed into our regular decision pool. The best way to get accurate information about admissions matters at our law school is to visit the relevant pages of our website—especially the Admissions Philosophy page, read the “Selection Criteria” section on page 29 of our J. D. Viewbook, or email or call our office directly.
And with respect to the admissions prognosticators that purport to predict the outcome of your applications without reviewing your completed application or knowing anything about the admissions committees or philosophies of the schools, our advice is to treat them like you would a Magic Eight Ball: for entertainment purposes only.
Good luck with your outstanding applications and a Happy New Year!