Welcome! The goal of this blog is to share my analysis of the free, publicly available user-reported law school applicant data from Law School Numbers. Using the data from Law School Numbers is problematic for a variety of reasons (such as users misreporting their actual information, users creating fake accounts, selection bias, etc.) and if I had access to it, I'd much rather work with the data that schools themselves have on applicants. We have what we have, though. Also, while I do have some facility with the type of statistical analysis I employ in my blog posts, I am far from being a professional statistician. I am doing this solely for the purpose of providing my analysis to interested readers, getting feedback, and generating discussion. What I am not doing is prescribing courses of action for law school applicants, or pretending to actually know what goes on behind closed doors in law school admission committees' meetings. I am, however, interested in looking at the story the numbers seem to portray, and sharing that with people with similar interests. I think I'll be able to provide a lot of interesting, and perhaps even helpful, analysis here, but at the end of the day, it is up to the individual law school applicant to put together applications and application strategies tailored to his or her own hopes and goals.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cornell profile up, plans

By request, I have posted a profile for Cornell.  In looking at the numbers for Cornell (and yesterday for Penn) it strikes me that some of the numbers are sometimes different for splitters than non-splitters and reverse-splitters, namely the boost associated with applying earlier (splitters get a much bigger boost at both of those schools for earlier applications).  It might take a while, but I'm going to take a closer look at this for all schools eventually, because I think it's information that matters.

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