Who runs Law School Numbers?

By Jack Crittenden

Law School Numbers is one of the most popular websites for law school applicants. But does it provide accurate data? And, who runs the site?

The first question is easier to answer than the second.

Law School Numbers relies on law school applicants to submit their data (LSAT scores and GPAs) and then follow up with where they were admitted and where they were denied.

Mike Spivey, a law school consultant and a former admissions director at Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tenn., has written that the number of applicants who submit data to the site is only about 5 percent of the total number of applicants in any given year.

But the numbers are far better for prestigious schools. Spivey posted a column on his blog that was written by a then-applicant, Warren Buff. Buff wrote that the site’s users represent 10 percent of the applicants at top schools. They also represent a higher percentage of admitted applicants.

“It tells us more about what successful applicants look like than unsuccessful ones,” Buff wrote.

All told, Buff feels that Law School Numbers is accurate for top schools, but not necessarily for all schools.

“Once we get outside of the top segment of the law school rankings, we have to use an increasingly large number of years to find a decent sample size of similar applicants,” Buff wrote. “With such a broad net, we have to include more data of questionable value to our current cycle.”

Kyle McEntee, executive director and founder of Law School Transparency, agrees with Buff. McEntee knows something about Law School Numbers. He previously worked on the site, helping make it more user-friendly.

Law School Numbers was founded in 2003, and McEntee offered his web services in 2008, after he had used the site as an applicant. He did the work right after starting law school at Vanderbilt in 2008.

But who owns Law School Numbers, and why do they run the site? That’s a mystery. McEntee said the owners he worked for in 2008 sold the site, but he was unwilling to disclose the name of the former owners.

Even though he runs an organization that promotes transparency, he said that mission does not apply to a website such as this.

The website states that Law School Numbers is owned by Meyer Media LLC and is based in San Francisco. But there is no LLC or corporation currently listed under that name in California.

A Meyer Media LLC was previously registered, but its registration expired. That registration was made by an accountant in Southern California who graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2008, but he is unwilling to release the name of the client who hired him to register the entity.

While most websites can be found through a domain-name search, Law School Numbers uses a privacy service based in the Cayman Islands to hide the identity of its owners.

As one online sleuth stated, companies only go to such great lengths to be anonymous when there is a reason.

But why would Law School Numbers want to be anonymous? That remains a mystery.

 

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