Tuesday, February 25, 2014

If the LSAT Were Optional, What Difference Would It Make?

One study suggests it would make no difference. The National Association for College Admission Counseling sponsored an extensive study that  looked at students who reported their SAT and ACT results to college admissions offices and students who made the permitted choice of not submitting those results. The study then looked at the cumulative GPAs and graduations rates of both groups. It found no significant differences between the two groups. College GPAs, however, closely tracked high school GPAs. 

Students who did not submit test scores were more likely to be first-generation-to-college-students, minorities, women, Pell Grant recipients, and students with learning differences.

 You can read the study here.

  I suspect that a similar study concerning the LSAT would reach similar results. All we know now is that there is a moderate correlation between LSAT scores and 1L grades. Legal education could benefit from an extensive similar study.



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