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FWIW, Aaron Taylor's use of the term appears to predate Frank Wu's...

Sadly no one gives any consideration to whether the LSAT is really an accurate predictor of anything other than the rank of the law schools that would be willing to admit a given student. But, truly meaningful or not, the law schools and those who judge and rank them seem to need this baseline numerical standard to give themselves comfort in their own qualifications.


Actually, there are a lot of studies about the predictive validity of the LSAT. The LSAC regularly publishes reports on the subject. The LSAT is an imperfect predictor of law school success (which in turn is an imperfect predictor of success as a lawyer). But as of right now, the LSAT is the best predictor of law school grades available at the admission stage.


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