I did want to do something quick to post while I continue working, so I thought it might be interesting to take a quick look at factors as they play a role in the top 14 law schools as compared to the rest of the law schools outside the top 14. I'm using the same Model 1 as always, in which I regress these independent variables (LSAT score, GPA, earlier month sent, URM status, non-traditional student applications, and female) on the dependent variable, which in this case is the decision result (acceptance, waitlist, or rejection). Results are below:
For those who are reading this blog for the first time, those percentages given correspond to the increase in the likelihood an applicant has of either
- Being admitted as opposed to being waitlisted/rejected
- Being admitted/waitlisted as opposed to being rejected
So, for instance, at a T14 school, you're 26% more likely to be admitted with a 173 LSAT as opposed to a 172 LSAT, all other factors being held equal.
Seems pretty clear that the T14 schools give much bigger boosts for numbers, earlier submission (want to get squared away earlier?), and both URM and female applicants (the URM boost is much bigger than that for the non-T14). The only group of applicants that seems to fare better outside the T14 are non-traditional applicants, who get a little boost in the non-T14 but nothing at all in the T14.
Of course, there is plenty of variation within these two categories of schools, and that's what I'm working on. But, I figured this would be worth looking at in the meantime.
Comments, feedback, questions, and requests welcome!