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.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Non-URM and URM Medians

In response to a special request, I have compiled a list of medians by school (at least the schools that I have data for) for both URM and non-URM students.  Unlike the published medians that schools release (which report the medians for attending students), these are the medians for accepted students at the school, and are based solely on the applicant-reported data on Law School Numbers.  The usual caveats apply.

The first table is simply a list of the schools, alphabetically (or roughly alphabetically) with the LSAT and GPA medians for both non-URM as well as URM accepted applicants (these are only accepts, and not waitlisted students who never reported a final decision):

Non-URM and URM LSAT and GPA Medians

The next two tables list, respectively, the LSAT and GPA differences between non-URM and URM applicants, from largest to smallest:

LSAT Differential

GPA Differential

There's really not much to add to the raw data here, except to say that, while the median LSAT for non-URM candidates is invariably higher than it is for URM candidates, 10% of the schools I have data for actually have higher URM GPA medians than non-URM medians, which is kind of fascinating.  I'm interested in what anyone thinks might explain this.  I haven't really thought about it too much yet, and I don't have a lot of time at the moment, so give me a hand, will you?

1 comment:

  1. Just as many high URM GPAs as non-URM. Since they take the LSAT hit, they balance it by making sure URMs are above median GPA. Then they can scoop up a larger # of the high LSAT, low GPA non-URMs. They end up at both medians without having to shell out money to high LSAT, high GPA applicants.