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Its all about the lsat.
Then you get clowns like me who screwed around and got mediocre grades and make up for 3.5 years of flakiness in 3.5 hours of test taking! How's that fair?!
I would argue that getting a 3.0 in engineering from MIT is much harder than getting a 4.0 in English literature from Arizona State University.
More to the point, a person who attains a 3.0 in engineering from MIT, while demonstrating admirable mental skills and work habits, may or may not be well equipped to take on the specific tasks and skills required for the practice of law. There are many competent engineers who would make lousy lawyers